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Disease and Eradication

What does it take to defeat infectious diseases in the 21st century?

The Countdown to Zero exhibition highlights The Carter Center’s 30-year campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, which once afflicted millions. Other innovative global collaborations include establishing the evolutionary relationships between different strains of malaria and influenza, honing in on inherited components of diseases such as asthma and diabetes, and using Twitter data to contain cholera outbreaks. Research, international cooperation, health education—and sheer determination—may soon reduce the suffering caused by these and other ancient afflictions to a distant memory. 

Video Guinea Worm: Countdown to Zero Health workers are close to eradicating a painful parasite. Video Genes and Health: Moving Beyond Race Human ancestry informs the study of modern diseases. Video SciCafe Special Event: Zika - What You Need To Know A panel on the much-discussed virus. Blog Post President Jimmy Carter Visits Museum to Launch Countdown to Zero Speaking at an event to mark the January 13 opening of the Museum’s Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease exhibition, the former U.S.... January 12, 2015 Video Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease in the 21st Century The science and politics of disease eradication. Video Malaria: Natural Selection and New Medicine Evolutionary biology helps scientists fight malaria. Audio Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease in the 21st Century In this podcast, former President Jimmy Carter and Museum Curator Mark Siddall join leaders in the field of health and medicine for... January 20, 2015 Blog Post A Guinea Worm Hiding in Plain Sight One of the Museum's African artifacts holds a surprising connection to a new exhibit. January 29, 2015 Blog Post Live Google+ Hangout Event Today: Mark Siddall Joins President Jimmy Carter On Guinea Worm Disease Eradication Museum Curator Mark E. Siddall joins former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as he announces the 2012 provisional Guinea worm case numbers... January 17, 2013 Video SciCafe: Modifying Mosquitoes with CRISPR Can we eradicate the world's deadliest animal? Video Supramap Tracks Diseases as They Evolve Supramap creates disease maps to track the evolution of epidemics.

Countdown to Zero is presented by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Carter Center. Countdown to Zero is proudly supported by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Mectizan Donation Program, and Vestergaard. This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of the Arthur Ross Foundation.