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  • Scientists warned of the "epidemic potential" of deadly and fast-spreading bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics. Professor Marilyn Roberts is quoted. In the News
    AFP/Yahoo News | November 19, 2015
  • A new report by the University of Washington synthesizes relevant research about the future of the Puget Sound region and what to expect in the coming decades, and how best to prepare for that future. Tania Busch Isaksen is one of the authors. In the News
    UW Today | November 17, 2015
  • Marilyn Roberts talks about what may be lurking in bed sheets. She recommends changing them at least once a week, and more often if there are bodily secretions or any potential risk factors. In the News
    Yahoo Health | November 17, 2015