Peril From The East

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PREVENTION: Masks hide countless faces in Hong Kong as virus phobia runs rampant

The University Of Hong Kong's pathology lab is one of the few places on earth where you can stare a newly accused murder suspect right in the face. Researchers here are using a powerful transmission electron microscope to examine a virus that was unknown to science just a month ago. This minuscule particle of protein-encrusted RNA is almost certainly the microbe that had, by last Saturday, infected more than 2,400 people in 19 countries — including 20 in Europe — and killed at least 89 since it began its rampage through the human population in China last fall. Projected onto a...

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