A beauty… that in some cases becomes tragic. It's not the way most people would describe a virus. In the simplest of terms, a virus is a snippet of genetic code. It can't reproduce on its own. In order to replicate, it needs to infect and hijack a living cell.

Scientists can't even agree on whether viruses are alive or dead. What they do know is that every so often, one of them goes, well, viral. And when it does, it can bring everything to a skidding halt.

Well, almost everything. One thing the COVID-19 pandemic didn't stop was cancer. And that meant that everyone at Dana-Farber had to find a way to keep on working and find a way to keep themselves and their patients safe.


October 15, 2021

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