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Supramaps Tracks Diseases as They Evolve

This link from the American Museum of Natural History has a great 2-minute YouTube video program showing how pathogens mutate and spread infection.  Tracking mutations helps scientists determine how and when diseases evolve. Supramap, a recently developed Web application, visualizes the global movement of epidemics. The maps it generates provide a visual record of the evolution and spread of deadly diseases around the world.  The...

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Judith Kandel
Judith Kandel (Faculty)
22 years ago
This is a wonderful site to introduce students to epidemiology based on a museum
exhibition in 1999. Short texts are accompanied on each page with colorful
and/or historical photos. All the elements in the chain of infection (the
pathogen, routes of transmission, and host defenses) are discussed as are the
strategies to break the chain (diagnosis and treatment, vaccines). There is also
a nice discussion of how environmental changes, including those resulting from
human behavior, affect the distribution of pathogens. The resource page contains
links to other websites for each of the subheadings addressed at this site.