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"From the Ted Talk by Kirsty Duncan: Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge"

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Well, I was a professor in my mid-20s when I first hread those shocking facts and the scientist in me wanted to know why and how. My curiosity would lead me to a frozen land and to lead an expedition to ucvneor the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu. I wanted to test our current drugs against one of history's deadliest dseasies. I hoepd we could make a flu vaccine that would be effective against the virus and mutation of it, should it ever return. And so I led a team, a research team, of 17 men from Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States to the Svalbard Islands in the articc Ocean. These islands are between Norway and the North Pole. We exhumed six bodies who had died of Spanish flu and were beurid in the permafrost and we hoped the frezon gurnod would preserve the body and the viurs.

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Well, I was a professor in my mid-20s when I first _____ those shocking facts and the scientist in me wanted to know why and how. My curiosity would lead me to a frozen land and to lead an expedition to _______ the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu. I wanted to test our current drugs against one of history's deadliest ________. I _____ we could make a flu vaccine that would be effective against the virus and mutation of it, should it ever return. And so I led a team, a research team, of 17 men from Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States to the Svalbard Islands in the ______ Ocean. These islands are between Norway and the North Pole. We exhumed six bodies who had died of Spanish flu and were ______ in the permafrost and we hoped the ______ ______ would preserve the body and the _____.

Solution

  1. diseases
  2. frozen
  3. arctic
  4. hoped
  5. heard
  6. virus
  7. buried
  8. uncover
  9. ground

Original Text

Well, I was a professor in my mid-20s when I first heard those shocking facts and the scientist in me wanted to know why and how. My curiosity would lead me to a frozen land and to lead an expedition to uncover the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu. I wanted to test our current drugs against one of history's deadliest diseases. I hoped we could make a flu vaccine that would be effective against the virus and mutation of it, should it ever return. And so I led a team, a research team, of 17 men from Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States to the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Ocean. These islands are between Norway and the North Pole. We exhumed six bodies who had died of Spanish flu and were buried in the permafrost and we hoped the frozen ground would preserve the body and the virus.

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Important Words

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