Eventually, everybody dies. But that doesn’t mean that scientists shouldn’t work to help people live the longest, most enjoyable life possible.

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In the beginning, the Zika virus didn’t seem like the next big news story. But time revealed just how dangerous the Zika virus can be.

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For several centuries, people thought diseases were caused by wandering clouds of poisonous vapor. We now know that this theory is pretty ridiculous, and that diseases are caused by specific bacteria. But how did we get to this new idea of germ theory? Tien Nguyen describes the work of several scientists who discredited a widely accepted theory in a way that was beneficial to human health. (4:38 min.)

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Mosquitoes are known as disease vectors because they can carry diseases from one animal to another. That includes spreading disease between humans and from animals to humans.

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CurioCity resources which align with the British Columbia Science 8 Curriculum Content area on cells.

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Researchers have found a link between pregnant mothers infected with Zika virus during pregnancy and cases of microcephaly in their babies. But although Zika virus only began receiving widespread attention recently, Zika infections are nothing new.

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Epidemiologists have a key role to play in understanding Ebola and helping prevent the disease

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There is a lot of scientific information available in the media, especially online. It can be hard to decide if you should take what you read at face value.

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Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insects on this planet. While most are just a nuance, some species are actually harmful to human health because they carry microorganisms or viruses that can cause serious illness. Why are those that do carry diseases so effective at infecting humans? (4:01 min.)

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The reappearance of the Aedes mosquitoes, coupled with suitable climatic conditions, have triggered a Zika virus epidemic in Brazil and is affecting hundreds of thousands of people across South America. (3:30 min.)

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