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The Cure in the Code by Peter Huber

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7

A VIRUS LIKE US

SO WHAT WOULD a watchmaker have done—not a blind one, but one with keen eyes and an excellent loupe—if called upon to design a microbe that would thrive among people so fortified by vaccines and antibiotics that, to judge by their actions, they had lost all fear of germs? Nature got there without the loupe. It cooked up an all-purpose anti-vaccine, so tiny and gentle that it spread unnoticed for decades, and so innocuous that it never quite gets around to killing you. It leaves that to the old guard—the bacteria, protozoa, and viruses that invade when your immune system shuts down, and feast on your brain, lungs, blood, liver, heart, bone marrow, guts, skin, and eyes.

On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control reported ...

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