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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 Twitter Tracks Cholera Spread in Haiti Twitter provided real-time data on a cholera outbreak in Haiti. 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 form... January 12, 2015 Video Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease in the 21st Century The science and politics of disease eradication. Video Fuller Gene Map May Help Disease Study The largest survey yet of human genetic variation. 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 medici... 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... January 17, 2013 Video The Roots of a Malaria Menace Biologists have traced the deadliest form of malaria to its source. Video Countdown to Zero: A Case Study in South Sudan The guinea worm might soon be relegated to the past. Video Wildlife Trade Presents Health Risks In the worldwide wildlife trade, public health risks run high. Video Supramap Tracks Diseases as They Evolve A web program creates disease maps to track epidemics. Video SciCafe: Modifying Mosquitoes with CRISPR Can we eradicate the world's deadliest animal? Video Deciphering History’s Deadliest Pandemic Experts examine relationships between flu strains for answers.

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.