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    “The Good That Viruses Do” by Stephanie Dutchen

    Harvard Medical School
    The Robert G. Fenley Writing Awards: General Staff Writing - Silver

    “The Good That Viruses Do” is a feature story about the lesser known, beneficial aspects of viruses for human life, health care, and scientific advancement. It appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Harvard Medicine, the research and alumni magazine of Harvard Medical School. The overall theme of the issue was viruses and our world.

    What was the most impactful part of your entry?
    Hearing from readers about the parts that interested them the most — often phage therapy. We don’t tend to get much feedback, so running into people who wanted to talk about the article — or chatting about the content with people who then wanted to go and read the article — was gratifying.

    What is one thing you learned from your entry/experience?
    I learned just how many potentially helpful aspects there are to viruses — from the microbiome to gene therapy to the maintenance of ecosystem balances on Earth!

    Stephanie Dutchen