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Alumni 308

March 2014

Andrew Lakoff: “The Risks of Preparedness: Mutant Bird Flu and the Politics of Global Public Health”

March 21, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Talk abstract: What kind of problem does an experimental virus pose for the public? The answer depends in part on which public one has in mind. During the controversy that began in late 2011 over the laboratory creation of a mutant strain of H5N1 avian influenza, at least three different publics were conjured. First, there was a vulnerable public, whose health was to be protected against a deadly pandemic through risk mitigation and preparedness measures. Second, there was a threatening…

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