medicine and health

Next year is a great one for biology. Not only will we celebrate 150 years since the publication of On the origin of species, but also 200 years since the birth of its author, Charles Darwin. At the heart of Darwin's theory of evolution lies a beautifully simple mathematical object: the evolutionary tree. In this article we look at how maths is used to reconstruct and understand it.
Mathematicians lead effort to build common model of the immune system
What's the risk of passive smoking? Or climate change? How big is the terrorist threat? And should we trust league tables? These issues concern all of us, but it's not always easy to make sense of the barrage of media information. David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, gives Plus his take on uncertainty.
A new Bayesian network helps predict the severity of the disease
How advanced mathematical techniques save lives.
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A mathematical model evaluates responses to epidemics
The travels of bank notes give important clues to epidemiologists
The search for the maths gene
Researchers have used mathematical modelling to understand the evolution of the influenza virus.