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Abstractions blog

The Strange Case of Typhoid Mary

August 31, 2016

The infamous case of Typhoid Mary underscores the importance of tolerance in understanding disease.

infectious disease

A New Way to Predict Infection’s Toll

August 30, 2016

Scientists have developed new ways to forecast who will bounce back from disease by studying not just the way the immune system fights infections, but how the body repairs itself.

Abstractions blog

Hope That an Old Drug Might Treat Zika

July 11, 2016

Scientists are having a difficult time finding a treatment for the Zika virus in part because so few drugs are safe for pregnant women. But one antibiotic has shown promise.

neuroscience

New Insights Into How Zika Harms the Brain

July 7, 2016

Researchers are racing to understand how the Zika virus causes birth defects. Their first results have revealed tantalizing clues about how the virus interferes with the developing brain — and how it might be stopped.

Biology

Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle

October 15, 2015

By examining regions shared between some of nature’s most variable genes, malaria researchers are piecing together an understanding of a deadly parasite.

machine learning

Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak

August 29, 2013

Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.