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Avian flu maps in Google Earth

This is what I call a postive and constructive use of technology. According to Science Blog:

 

An interactive "supermap" that portrays the mutations and spread of the avian flu around the globe over time should help researchers and policy makers better understand the virus and anticipate further outbreaks, according to a new study involving University of Colorado at Boulder and Ohio State University researchers.

The research team used data from the known evolution and spread of the avian flu, known as H5N1, to create a roadmap of viral spread in time and space, said CU-Boulder ecology and evolutionary biology Assistant Professor Robert Guralnick, a study co-author. The team projected genetic and geographic information onto an interactive globe using Google Earth technology, allowing users to fly virtually around the planet and analyze movements and changes in the genomes, or genetic blueprints, of known avian flu sub-strains that have been sequenced since the virus was first detected in Guangdong, China, in 1996.

 

Intresting and appreciable. It would be nice if more and more data of different could be transformed on MAP to give a better understanding of frequency of a certain disease in a region.

You can download the KML file form here

 

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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2007 11:16 PM by kadnan
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