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Behind the Vapor

In less than a decade, e-cigarettes have gone from being marketed as a safe, tobacco-free alternative to conventional cigarettes to a rapidly expanding, wildly controversial, and largely unregulated $3 billion global industry that has health officials, policy makers, and researchers scrambling to learn one thing: how safe are they?

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Montage: Galen Chen (SMG’14) and Christianna Gilbert (SAR’16) rehearse for the BU Ballroom Dance Club’s collaborative performing arts show on Sunday, October 26, at the Tsai Performance Center. The show brings you a cappella, hip-hop, fusion, and theater performances. Photo by Kelly Davidson Savage

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Battling Ebola

Despite the risk of infection, medical personnel continue to travel to West Africa to help bring under control the worst Ebola outbreak on record, which has killed more than 800 people to date. The World Health Organization plans to spend $100 million to fight the outbreak, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send 50 more aid workers. In this weeklong Special Report, BU Today talks to Boston University researchers in several fields about why medical personnel confront the risks; the ethical and political dilemmas presented by the outbreak; how the virus kills; efforts to design effective therapies; and other aspects of this unprecedented outbreak of Ebola.

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