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Infectious disease epidemiologist specializing in the intersection between mathematical models of disease transmission and observational methods. Crafter of artisanal simulation models for the discerning scientist. Oddly fond of enteric pathogens.

A fair hand at SAS, Python and R

@GermsAndNumbers


Mar
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awarded  Custodian
Jan
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awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
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comment Is it possible that the recipient of a heart transplant would display some of the donor's personality traits, as if the heart has memories?
Alternately, they could be lied to about who their donor "was" to see if they manifest the memories and feelings of a 22 year old woman when their donor was actually a 35 year old man. Though I'm pretty sure an IRB would clobber that too.
Jan
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comment Are there people cured of HIV by means of HAART?
@RoryM Indeed - a drug-based 'cure' for HIV is hardly a finding that would go under the radar.
Jan
3
answered Are there people cured of HIV by means of HAART?
Dec
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answered Can paper/plastic currency serve as a medium for pathogens?
Dec
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comment Vaccination and population dynamics of an epidemic
Yes, that's correct.
Dec
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awarded  Yearling
Dec
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comment Vaccination and population dynamics of an epidemic
You should ensure that the basic reproductive number for your Finland model is capable of sustaining an epidemic without vaccination.
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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revised How is duration of efficacy estimated for vaccines?
Added information about viral evolution
Sep
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comment How is duration of efficacy estimated for vaccines?
I've added some details to my answer. Your answer doesn't particularly conflict, its just asking about a subtly different process.
Aug
23
comment Does making yogurt from non-pasteurized milk work against possible disease bacteria?
@nico And you have not established that there are not. I pointed to a raw milk outbreak in Finland less than a month ago. There are others - your perception that they're aren't any doesn't necessarily mesh with reality. But foodborn outbreaks have to be very large to get much press, and raw milk products, even in Europe, aren't big enough to command that kind of attention. Also steak tartare has a very different pathogenic risk profile to hamburger meat ;)
Aug
23
comment Does making yogurt from non-pasteurized milk work against possible disease bacteria?
@nico As to the Slow Food page, while I have some issues with it overall, whether or not raw milk is good 'on the whole' was not the question - the question was whether raw milk yogurt would represent a new positive prevention for disease bacteria. I'd argue that the weight of the evidence for that is still firmly "no".
Aug
23
comment Does making yogurt from non-pasteurized milk work against possible disease bacteria?
@nico I very much doubt there's a genetic component - the time scale we're talking about between the divergence from raw milk to widespread pasteurization is quite short. Odds are that people in France simply accept the risk, in the same way people in the U.S. accept the risk of say, medium/medium-rare hamburger.
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Aug
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comment Does making yogurt from non-pasteurized milk work against possible disease bacteria?
@nico Added information and some nuance to the answer. It's a "staggering proportion" given the volume of raw milk consumed in this country. I suspect the same is true for the great part of Europe - people eat food that will give them food-born illness all the time. Unless its a massive outbreak in a popular food item, you won't hear about it.