WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The threat of infectious disease can be felt in all corners of the globe, from the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS, to the search for vaccines that can protect against new strains of the flu. Infectious disease is a global burden, affecting policy decisions and personal health choices around the world. On March 31, the
"New threats emerge every day because of microbial evolution, more rapidly changing environments, and the increased movement of people over short and long distances," said Elliott Kieff, chairman of the scientific steering committee that oversaw the creation of the exhibit, and professor of medicine and microbiology and molecular genetics at
This major exhibit features interactive displays providing a rarely seen view of our microbial world. Visitors will gain an understanding of how scientists develop tools and strategies to treat diseases. Displays allow visitors to explore the distribution of microbes both in our bodies and around the world, see how vaccines are used to control or eradicate disease, and learn how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics.
The exhibit will open to the general public on Saturday, March 31, with free admission and hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a featured discussion from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with New York Times science reporter Denise Grady.
Source: National Academy of Sciences