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What happens if an engineered virus escapes the lab?


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Since the 1970s, researchers have engineered superbugs. While this research could help us prepare for future outbreaks, the stakes of this work are extremely high: if even one dangerous virus escaped a lab, it could cause a global pandemic. So, what can we do to minimize risk? And is the knowledge gained even worth the risk in the first place? Dig into the ongoing debate over virology research.

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Meet The Creators

  • Director Kevin Herrmann, AIM Creative Studios
  • Narrator George Zaidan
  • Storyboard Artist Kevin Herrmann
  • Animator Kevin Herrmann, Daniela Carvalho, André Cunha
  • AIM Creative Studios Producer Tiago Ribeiro
  • Illustrator Kevin Herrmann
  • Composer André Aires
  • Sound Designer André Aires
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor George Zaidan
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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