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Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

Specimens like these at Dublin’s Natural History Museum contain valuable information about the evolution of pathogens and host organisms. Image: Kieran Guckian/Flickr, CC BY

Richard Yanagihara

Professor of Pediatrics and Principal Investigator, Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, University of Hawaii

Joseph Cook

Professor of Biology and Curator, Division of Mammals, Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico

Pamela Soltis

Distinguished Professor and Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

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Nitrogen freezers for cryo-preserving specimens in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Biorepository Image: Donald E. Hurlbert/Smithsonian, CC BY-ND

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