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Cold Case, CDC Style

They're the Navy SEALs of emerging disease. An article in today's New York Times profiles a group that's part of the US Centers for Disease Control. This group, the Unexplained Deaths Project, is responsible for using interdisciplinary approaches to try to identify pathogens and other causes of previously inexplicable deaths.

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