May 20, 2015 | Luke

Diseases such as Ebola jump from animals to humans. But which animals do we need to be careful of? Researchers have trained a computer program to find the answer.

First they trained it with information on the disease-carrying rodents we know about. When it could spot the right ones 90% of the time, they let it look at other species. It found about 150 other animals to investigate.

I think this is a good use of computer power. Narrowing down the search saves time and money.


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