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market in Dongguan, China

POULTRY PROBLEMS  So far, most cases of human H7N9 infection have come from exposure to birds, often in live poultry markets. Here, epidemiologists collect samples at a market in Dongguan, China, in 2014.

illustration of syringe with flu viruses

ONE AND DONE  The flu kills tens of thousands of people in the United States each year, and protection is made harder by the need for an annual shot. A onetime vaccine is getting closer to reality. 

HIV infecting a T cell

OFFENSIVE MEASURES  A combination of powerful antibodies might be able to stop HIV (yellow) before it infects, as is happening to a T cell (blue) in this colorized micrograph.

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