Navigation Links
Criminal profiling technique targets killer diseases
Date:6/19/2014

A mathematical tool used by the Metropolitan Police and FBI has been adapted by researchers at Queen Mary University of London to help control outbreaks of malaria, and has the potential to target other infectious diseases.

In cases of serial crime such as murder or rape, police typically have too many suspects to consider, for example, the Yorkshire Ripper investigation in the UK generated a total of 268,000 names. To help prioritise these investigations, police forces around the world use a technique called geographic profiling, which uses the spatial locations of the crimes to make inferences about the criminal's likely anchor point usually a home or workplace.

Writing in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, the team has shown how the maths that underpins geographic profiling can be adapted to target the control of infectious diseases, including malaria. Using data from an outbreak in Cairo, the scientists show how the new model could use the addresses of patients with malaria to locate the breeding sites of the mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

"The experts working in the field had to search almost 300 square km to find seven breeding sites, but our model found the same sites after searching just two thirds of this area," said Dr Steve Le Comber, a senior lecturer at QMUL's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

"In fact our model found five of the seven sites after searching just 10.7 square km. This is potentially important since there is a lot of evidence suggesting that the best way to control outbreaks of malaria is to attack the mosquito breeding sites but it is incredibly difficult to do in practice."

The mathematical approach takes just minutes on a computer, meaning that the method could be used in the early stages of epidemics, when control efforts are most likely to be effective potentially stopping outbreaks before they spread.

Dr Le Comber added: "The model
'/>"/>

Contact: Neha Okhandiar
n.okhandiar@qmul.ac.uk
020-788-27927
Queen Mary, University of London
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Decriminalizing pot may land more kids in the ER
2. Huddersfield researchers publish a book exploring the link between evolution and criminal behavior
3. Breast cancer patients place huge emphasis on gene expression profiling test
4. New tool developed for profiling critical regulatory structures of RNA molecules
5. A boost for cellular profiling
6. AKESOgen and Identitas partner to provide a comprehensive Next Generation Forensic profiling solution
7. Developing an improved liposuction technique that melts fat
8. New technique to prevent anal sphincter lesions due to episiotomy during child delivery
9. Novel ORNL technique enables air-stable water droplet networks
10. Study validates air sampling techniques to fight bioterrorism
11. Iterative reconstruction techniques reduce radiation dose for pediatric brain CT
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/12/2015)... , March 12, 2015 IriTech, a leading ... member of the Texas Instruments Design Network, announced today ... has demonstrated its IriShield USB MK2120U device during a ... for pension distribution. The iris scanner ... be marketed in India through ...
(Date:3/12/2015)... -- Beta Systems today announced Fast ... (IAM) solution for a fixed price and with ... IAM package, customers benefit from the 30 years, ... implementations across different industries. The new fixed-price IAM ... necessary services and consulting. It spans the implementation ...
(Date:3/11/2015)... 11, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... "Access Control Market by Product, Application & By Geography ... to their offering. , This report predicts ... $10.4 billion by 2020, with an estimated CAGR of ... the products types such as contact cards & readers, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Indian States See IriTech's Scanner Bolstering Efficiency of Authentication for Aadhaar 2Indian States See IriTech's Scanner Bolstering Efficiency of Authentication for Aadhaar 3Beta Systems Fast Forward IAM Available Now: a Standardized IAM Package at a Fixed Price 2Global Access Control (Cards & Readers, Biometrics, Controllers, Management Software) Market 2015-2020 - Analysis of the $10 Billion Market 2
... University of Adelaide study has identified the risk of ... reproductive technology. In the most comprehensive study of ... Robinson Institute have compared the risk of ... commonly available internationally, such as: IVF (in vitro fertilization), ...
... treatment and display heightened tumor-generating capacity can be identified by ... cells, a research team led by scientists at The University ... 3 edition of Cell Stem Cell . ... first time to separate low-PSA and high-PSA prostate cancer cells. ...
... a donated human retina to an Indiana University researcher ... helped uncover a previously undetected mechanism causing the disease. ... how millions of dollars are spent investigating the cause ... neovascularization. Working at IU,s Biocomplexity Institute, postdoctoral ...
Cached Biology News:Higher risk of birth defects from assisted reproduction 2Higher risk of birth defects from assisted reproduction 3Higher risk of birth defects from assisted reproduction 4Scientists identify prostate cancer stem cells among low-PSA cells 2Scientists identify prostate cancer stem cells among low-PSA cells 3Scientists identify prostate cancer stem cells among low-PSA cells 4Sloppy shipping of human retina leads IU researchers to discover new treatment path for eye disease 2Sloppy shipping of human retina leads IU researchers to discover new treatment path for eye disease 3Sloppy shipping of human retina leads IU researchers to discover new treatment path for eye disease 4
(Date:3/26/2015)... March 26, 2015 Ale Gicqueau, Founder ... Director of Clinical Affairs at Align Technology, on “ ... the upcoming ACRP 2015 Global Conference and Exhibition on ... Utah. , During the poster presentation, Ale Gicqueau ... and running a Postmarket Registry, the requirements and resources ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... Agnition announced today that it will be featured ... the first time at 7:30 a.m. CST March 31 ... the extremely important role soil microbes perform in crop ... Catalyst™ technology that enhances soil and plant health for ... again on April 28. , A biochemist at Agnition ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... 25, 2015 The surging prevalence ... have fuelled social media growth, with over 50% ... in social networking. Insurance companies are making use ... clients and promote a diversity of their services ... increasingly exploiting social networking services as part of ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , March 25, 2015 ... been named a finalist for "Best Contract Research Organization" ... by the World Vaccine Congress. This ... as a finalist for the award, winning for "Best ... receiving a "Highly Recommended" distinction in 2013. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Clinovo Presents at ACRP 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 25th-28th 2Clinovo Presents at ACRP 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 25th-28th 3Agnition to be Featured In Upcoming Episode of American Farmer on RFD-TV 2Social Media Role in Global Insurance Industry Examined by Timetric in New Market Research Report Published at MarketPublishers.com 2Social Media Role in Global Insurance Industry Examined by Timetric in New Market Research Report Published at MarketPublishers.com 3Accelovance Nominated for 2015 Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards 2
... 5, 2011 Cord Blood America, Inc . ( ... umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation company focused ... families nationwide and internationally, is pleased to announce that the ... lawsuit filed by Cryo-Cell International against Cord Blood America, which ...
... 3, 2011 -- Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ... successfully altering nanocrystal properties with impurity atoms -- a process ... of improved semiconductor nanocrystals. Semiconductor nanocrystals consist of ... than the width of a human hair. These tiny particles ...
... Calif., April 4, 2011 Ambry Genetics announced today ... (CSP) in Ion Torrent,s new service provider program. Ion ... are trusting with their samples has been trained and ... sequence data. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110307/LA59848LOGO ) ...
Cached Biology Technology:Cord Blood America: Court Grants Motion to Dismiss at Lawsuit Aimed at Blocking Acquisition 2'Nanocrystal doping' developed by Hebrew University researchers enhances semiconductor nanocrystals 2Ambry Genetics is First Authorized Customer Service Provider in New Ion Torrent CSP Program 2Ambry Genetics is First Authorized Customer Service Provider in New Ion Torrent CSP Program 3
... The new MALDI O-TOF creates a new ... an orthogonal platform that has been licensed ... University of Manitoba. , As the first ... design and collisional cooling, the prOTOF 2000 ...
Rat Lung Fibroblasts (RLF) (>500,000 cells)...
Rat Aortic Endothelial Cells (RAOEC) (>500,000 cells)...
...
Biology Products: