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Preventing Epidemics Through Data

The last few years have seen outbreaks of disease move across the world with astonishing swiftness. Nathan Wolfe, one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2011, called swine flu the Facebook of diseases, referring to the speed with which it went from killing zero humans to a hundred. Mr Wolfe founded and runs Global Viral Forecasting, which is dedicated to spotting potential epidemics before they become hugely dangerous. His organisation is an interdisciplinary initiative that mixes together social scientists, data scientists and techies.

“Contact between humans and animals is often the first point of transmission for new viruses,” he said. Studies that focus on the interaction between them are hugely helpful. But virus hunters no longer just tramping through jungles to spot new diseases. They are increasingly sifting through vast quantities of data – “on your mobile phone, on blogs, in open source intelligence” – to find potential disease outbreaks. 

GVF’s work includes using natural language processing algorithms to spot these trends without the need to actually look for specific keywords. This helps them identify risk through low-level chatter before a disease has even been identified. There is now an incredible capacity to not just collect but understand all this information, he said. Mr Wolfe’s believes that by analysing multiple data sets, it should be possible to not just cure the next small pox but to stop the next HIV/AIDS pandemic. Prevention is, after all, better than cure. 

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PBS’s NewsHour interviews virus hunter Nathan Wolfe.

The original strain of H5N1, explains Wolfe, jumped directly from birds to humans. Other viruses, meanwhile, make the leap to domestic animals before infecting humans; that mixing can then introduce deadlier strains of unknown viruses into the world. “So what happens is you have a particular pig out there and it could get infected with two different viruses — maybe one that’s been in human and one that’s been in the original reservoir of a bird — and they can mix and match their genes and create mosaic daughter viruses that will have completely novel properties,” he says.

- via Fresh Air Interview with Nathan Wolfe: The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

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“We live at this moment in history where we’re going to have more and more pandemics. It’s the nature of the way that our species is.” -Nathan Wolfe

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We’ve been to the moon, we’ve mapped the continents, we’ve even been to the deepest point in the ocean – twice. What’s left for the next generation to explore? Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe suggests this answer: Almost everything. And we can start, he says, with the world of the unseeably small.

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“Why we have virus outbreaks & how we can prevent them”-Nathan Wolfe

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“There are unknowns all around us, and they’re just waiting to be discovered”- Nathan Wolfe

Nathan Wolfe’s mission is to stop the next deadly pandemic before it has a chance to jump from animals to humans. TIME Magazine’s story on the celebrated Virus Hunter is a compelling read.

Nathan Wolfe quoted in TIME on the threat of the next pandemic:

“We sit here dodging bullets left and right, assuming we have an invisible shield, but you can’t dodge bullets forever.”