disease

Stemming the spread of HIV by accurately predicting its spread

By Thomas Leitner, Ph.D. One of the challenges with stemming the spread of HIV lies in understanding how it is spread. Because HIV mutates so rapidly, it has historically been difficult—if not impossible—to trace exactly who transmitted ...

Forecasting diseases one image at a time

An image from a Landsat satellite of Brazil, where the Amazon flows into the Rio Negro and Solimoes River. Satellite imagery like this will be coupled with epidemiological data, meteorological data, and Internet data streams to identify conditions that could ...

5 Animals With Spectacular Sniffers

You’ve probably heard about domestic dogs that are trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and bad guys. You may also know that canines can detect the tiny molecular changes that distinguish cancer cells from healthy ones. Dogs in studies ...

The Struggle for Sustainability on Africa’s Little Green Jewel

Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the impact of human land development on biodiversity and how it could potentially spread infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to people. Cara will focus on bubonic plague in small mammals ...