Contact tracing's long, turbulent history holds lessons for COVID-19

Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it's faltering again.

Ronald Bayer, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus history pandemic surveillance contact-tracing sexually-transmitted-diseases aids syphilis stds

Syphilis alters just 1 gene to evade immune attack

To stay a step ahead of the immune system and resist eradication, syphilis shuffles DNA in and out of a single gene, a new study shows.

Leila Gray-UW • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genes sexually-transmitted-diseases health-and-medicine immune-systems syphilis

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