Short this week, but here are some interesting links around the internet.
Disease Related News
Zika virus can be transmitted by more mosquito species than we thought. Utilizing data-driven models, researchers found that 35 species may be able to transmit Zika (7 are in the USA such as Culex quinquefasciatus and Cx.pipiens (Data-driven identification of potential Zika virus vectors by Evans et al. 2017)
Incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria are increasing across US hospitals and are linked with longer hospital stays and higher mortality risk. (Incidence and Outcomes of Infections Caused by Multidrug-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Children, 2007–2015 by Meropolallison and Debanne, 2017)
Australia’s Ross River Virus could be the next global epidemic as it was found quietly circulating in the South Pacific. (New evidence for endemic circulation of Ross River Virus in the Pacific Islands and the potential for emergence. by Lau et al. 2017)
R and Data Analysis
Science Communication and the Arts
I do not share your view that the scientist should observe silence in political matters, i.e. human affairs in the broadest sense. The situation in Germany shows whither this restraint will lead: to the surrender of leadership, without any resistance, to those who are blind or irresponsible. – Albert Einstein