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Pandemic sleuths aim to stop emerging diseases before they start

This is Science Today. What's the next pandemic? Hopefully, you'll never know - because it will never happen. That's the goal of a multidisciplinary, University of California, Davis-led team. Jonna Mazet, the executive director of the One Health Institute within the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says they're trying to stop emerging global pandemics in their tracks.

Mazet:                        We've been working on a project called PREDICT, which is a piece of the portfolio of the U.S. Agency for International Development's global health program and it's in the Emerging Pandemic Threats unit. And PREDICT's job is really to try to identify the risks of the next pandemic and stop them before they start. And then if we do that, we're doing a great job, then no one will know, right? Because the pandemic will be thwarted. So, we hope that that's the case, but it's a good thing that we're in academia instead of industry in that we can work on that kind of business model where you're supposed to work yourself out of business!

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.