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Virus hunter aims to predict & prevent pandemics

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What if we could forecast outbreaks the same way we do hurricanes? Epidemiologist Nathan Wolfe ventures to the far-flung reaches of Africa, China and Asia to track how devastating diseases take hold in human populations and how they might be stopped before becoming widespread.

What if we could forecast outbreaks the same way we do hurricanes? Epidemiologist Nathan Wolfe ventures to the far-flung reaches of Africa, China and Asia to track how devastating diseases take hold in human populations and how they might be stopped before becoming widespread. Dr. Wolfe's most recent win? Helping to solve one of the long-standing medical mysteries surrounding malaria.

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Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan is editor-in-chief of SmartPlanet and ZDNet. He is also editorial director of TechRepublic. Previously, he was an editor at eWeek, Baseline and CNET News. He has written for WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, New York Times and Financial Planning. He holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Delaware. He is based in New York but resides in Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure