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Hong Kong SARS Update

NPR's Joe Palca reports from Hong Kong on how scientists tracked down the cause of SARS and identified the virus. The quick identification of the virus is credited with helping to contain the epidemic in many places. And it provides a model for future epidemics involving new viruses or bacteria.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.