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  • Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Virus Hunters: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

    Activity

    In this activity, students will be exploring cases of Nipah virus (NiV) infection as an epidemiologist would, by collecting evidence and making calculations and predictions, based on scientific data.

  • Wash Your Hands

    Wash Your Hands

    Image of the Week

    As few as eighteen of these norovirus particles are sufficient to infect one person.

  • Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 35 sec) Learn the process by which a line of genetically modified mosquitoes was engineered to reduce populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the wild.

  • Patterns of Zoonotic Disease

    Patterns of Zoonotic Disease

    Data Point

    In this study, scientists analyzed previously published data on terrestrial mammal zoonotic host species and the pathogens they carry to search for global patterns of zoonotic disease distribution.

  • Virus Hunter: Monitoring Nipah Virus in Bat Populations

    Virus Hunter: Monitoring Nipah Virus in Bat Populations

    Scientists at Work

    (9 min 1 sec) In this video we follow scientists working in Bangladesh as they test fruit bat populations to determine whether they are infected with Nipah virus—a potentially deadly virus when passed on to humans.

  • Virochip DNA Microarray

    Virochip DNA Microarray

    Click & Learn

    Answer interactive questions to explore the logic of the Virochip microarray design, particularly how evolutionary relationships can be used to detect new viruses.

  • Biology of the Mosquito Vector

    Biology of the Mosquito Vector

    Lecture

    (49 min 28 sec) This discussion from the 2010 Holiday Lectures on Science explores the ethics of genetically-modified organisms and other topics.

  • Solving SARS and Other Viral Mysteries

    Solving SARS and Other Viral Mysteries

    Lecture

    (58 min 33 sec) The SARS epidemic was successfully halted by a global research effort to identify a new virus.

  • The Virus Hunter's Toolkit

    The Virus Hunter's Toolkit

    Lecture

    (58 min 33 sec) New technologies like the Virochip harness DNA's properties to identify and fight new viruses.

  • Dengue Fever: Breaking Epidemic Cycles

    Dengue Fever: Breaking Epidemic Cycles

    Lecture

    (58 min 33 sec) Learn about research aimed at thwarting dengue fever in the lab and in communities.

  • Viral Outbreak: The Science of Emerging Disease

    Viral Outbreak: The Science of Emerging Disease

    Lecture

    Watch two leading virus researchers explain how they use both simple and sophisticated technologies to detect and fight infectious agents.

  • Mosquito Reggaeton, a Dengue Rap Song

    Mosquito Reggaeton, a Dengue Rap Song

    Clip

    (2 min 4 sec) Reggaeton, a popular Latin music form, rallies against dengue.

  • Students Fighting the HIV Epidemic

    Students Fighting the HIV Epidemic

    Lecture

    (1 hr 21 min 27 sec) A discussion with three students who are helping in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

  • Drugs and HIV Evolution

    Drugs and HIV Evolution

    Lecture

    (58 min 29 sec) Treating HIV infection with antiretroviral therapy, and HIV's ability to develop drug resistance.

  • From Outbreak to Epidemic

    From Outbreak to Epidemic

    Lecture

    (58 min 29 sec) The genesis of AIDS, identifying HIV as the virus that causes AIDS, and the modern global epidemic.

  • AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic

    AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic

    Lecture

    Why has it been so hard to develop a vaccine against HIV? How are new medicines revolutionizing AIDS treatment? Can AIDS be cured?

  • Living with HIV

    Living with HIV

    Clip

    (4 min 47 sec) Catherine Gaynes, an HIV-positive patients, discusses her HIV diagnosis, how her family reacted, and avoiding HIV infection.

  • U.S. AIDS epidemic

    U.S. AIDS epidemic

    Animation

    A visual representation of the U.S. AIDS epidemic from 1981 to 1997. Each dot represents 30 cases.

  • Using p53 to Fight Cancer

    Using p53 to Fight Cancer

    Animation

    (1 min 2 sec) This animation demonstrates how cancerous cells could be destroyed using a modified virus.

  • Microbe Hunters: Tracking Infectious Agents

    Microbe Hunters: Tracking Infectious Agents

    Lecture

    (57 min 36 sec) Dr. Donald Ganem describes how epidemiologists, physicians, and microbiologists work together to identify and study pathogens.

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