Interactive Case Study for Natural Selection in an Outbreak

BioInteractive Team

This interactive video explores how two scientists tracked the 2013 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Geneticist Pardis Sabeti investigated the evolution of the virus over time, whereas epidemiologist Lina Moses investigated the societal factors that contributed to the outbreak. Their experiences illustrate some of the factors that can cause an outbreak to occur and why it is important to curb the spread of infection as rapidly as possible. As you watch the video, you will be prompted to answer questions that require you to predict steps in the research process and interpret data. You will also make connections to your own experiences with infectious diseases.