Quantitative - virulence. Virulence is how much damage the...

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Biologists have entered a new era where they need quantitative solutions to large-sale solutions and complex problems. A crucial piece to this new era is the advances in the field of mathematics. Those fields include analytics, numerical modeling, statistics, and nonlinear systems analysis. The scientists focus primarily on the environmental sciences like ecology and evolution. Through their examples there are 3 common threads or areas that coincide with one another. First is that mathematics is known for nonlinear models that are deterministic. We need to be able to use and analyze nonlinear stochastic models. Second is that scientists need to develop new methods on how to deduce information from biological data sets. Third and last is that much more work is needed to characterize variability across scales of time and space. We need to know if activities that are distributed over large spatial or temporal scale can be understood from a brief experiment. Diseases like cholera emerge as out breaks and outbreaks are rated on incidence and
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Unformatted text preview: virulence. Virulence is how much damage the disease does to a population. Scientists have determined the cholera is evolving quicker than they thought due to the same factors that drive pathogens. The factors are social, economic, and medical trends of the area. This theory the trade-off theory has been proven to throw other ideas of evolution out the window. It shows that other models are too simple and too focused on parasite trade-offs and they will not come to grips with virulence evolution. It shows that we need better methods of getting data. This way we can make a better conclusion from our experiments. These are the basic concepts of why we need to improve our information gathering skills and our calculation skills as well. Times are changing around us and we are standing still while it does. We need to move on with the times and make the world of tomorrow a better place....
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