Health Watch - Getting Sick: Tracking Disease
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about winter illnesses like colds and the flu. One part of the fight against these diseases and other viruses is maintaining information about the viruses and making that information available to researchers.
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are developing a database of information and analysis tools on the viruses that cause herpes, chicken pox, hepatitis C, West Nile virus and smallpox. The database is modeled after one that UT Southwestern researchers developed for studying the H1N1 influenza virus. Dr. Richard Scheuermann, chief of biomedical informatics at UT Southwestern, says the database will bring together information on gene sequences, immune responses and protein structure of the viruses. The database, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, will help researchers collaborate on ways to prevent and treat diseases.
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