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Scientists Study Slums for Signs of Spreading Superbugs

The next superbug could emerge from the slums of the developing world, researchers warn. Rapid, unplanned growth in many urban areas has people, livestock and wildlife living in close proximity and with inadequate sanitation. These are ideal conditions for microbes to evolve and spread. So a major project is underway, designed to shed light on how microbes move through the slums of Nairobi and beyond. It’s known as the Urban Zoo project. “Zoo” is short for zoonosis, the spread of...

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