Thursday, September 3, 2009

Playing 'The Sims' with Diseases (sort of...)

The National Institute of Health allowed $40 million in grants to its own Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) to develop simulations of how a disease would spread given the nature of the disease and the affected population.

With the sudden initial spreads of SARS, MRSA (a drug-resistant form of Staphylococcus aureus), and H1N1 in the past decade, researchers believe that developing more effective models would be vital to developing an effective response to an outbreak.


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