NATO encroachment, stinging sanctions and civil war at the border. Political economist Jeffrey Sommers, an expert on the evolution of the former Soviet states, carefully describes the impinging economic and geographic forces shaping decision-making by Moscow’s elite.
University of Tokyo scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka is making the case for unfettered access to studies in which researchers made a lethal bird flu virus even deadlier by taking it airborne. To those determined to find it, the recipe is already available, he warns, and the mutation could occur outside the laboratory at any moment. All hands to the urgent task of developing a vaccine, then.