Ten years ago, a deadly new viral disease called SARS emerged in China and terrorized the world. Recently, a distant cousin of the virus popped up in Saudi Arabia. How many other pathogens could come out of the woodwork? How big a threat do they pose? And how can we prepare?
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Ian Lipkin is director of the Center for Infection & Immunity at Columbia University and an expert in molecular techniques to discover new pathogens. Lipkin and his team have discovered hundreds of new infectious agents.
Vincent Munster is chief of the Virus Ecology Unit at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, which is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He studies the ecology of emerging viruses, including Ebola and Nipah, both in the field and the lab.
Martin Enserink is a contributing editor for Science based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He specializes in infectious diseases and global health and has covered many disease outbreaks.