The Dish

Finding Patient Zero

Tracing the origin of an outbreak is a critical clue in curing a disease.  But how can scientists track the beginnings of malaria, a disease that has been around for millions of years? Watch researcher Nathan Wolfe (Stanford University) as he discusses how his team was able to discover the origin of malaria - which still kills thousands each year - and how their findings might aid in developing a malaria vaccine.

The Dish was created by the Marian Koshland Science Museum and is made possible by a Science Education Partnership (SEPA) grant from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health. This program was held in collaboration with the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nathan Wolfe's talk was filmed live on March 17, 2010 at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC.


The Dish: Do We Need a Climate Solution for Indoors?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010, Busboys and Poets, 5th and K St, NW (Map), 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST, Free | Add to Google Calendar

We typically spend close to 90 percent of our time inside - at school, work and home. While outdoor air quality is very important, so too is the quality of the air we breathe at home and the office. Yet most of us know very little about the condition of our indoor climate.  The chemicals that we breathe, ingest or absorb through our skin today are quite different from those to which t our parents and grandparents were exposed. Join researcher Charles J. Weschler, (UMDNJ-RWJM), for a conversation on the marked changes in indoor air quality over the last 50 years. (More)


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