The Obtain: testing wastewater for measles, and the price of nature


Measles is again with a vengeance. Within the UK, the place solely 85% of school-age kids have obtained two doses of the MMR vaccine, as many as 300 individuals have contracted the illness since October. And instances are creeping up throughout the US too.

Catching measles outbreaks early is difficult, although. Like many different respiratory viruses, it begins off with a cough, runny nostril, fever, and achy physique. The telltale rash doesn’t seem for 2 to 4 extra days. By then, an individual is already infectious. Very infectious, actually. Measles is likely one of the most contagious ailments round.

Perhaps there’s an answer. The US developed an enormous wastewater sampling community to detect covid through the pandemic. May we leverage that community to offer an early warning system for measles? Learn the complete story.

—Cassandra Willyard

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Meet the economist who needs the sector to account for nature

What’s the true worth of a honeybee? A mountain stream? A mangrove tree?

Gretchen Every day, cofounder and college director of the Stanford Pure Capital Mission, has devoted her profession to answering such advanced questions. Every day and her staff assist governments, worldwide banks, and NGOs to not solely quantify the worth of nature, but in addition decide the advantages of conservation and ecosystem restoration.


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