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UnDisciplined: The Transatlantic Epidemic(s)

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Covid-19 is not the first virus to travel around the globe. This week on UnDisciplined, we'll be talking about how the slave trade brought new viruses to the Americas. New research uses ancient DNA to trace the origins of pathogens found in Mexico City back to Africa. 

María Avila-Arcos is an assistant professor and principal investigator at the International Laboratory for Human Genome Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Axel Guzman-Solís is a former student at the International Laboratory for Human Genome Research. He's currently a PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. 

Their most recent research was published in the journal eLife.



Shoshannah Buxbaum is a multimedia journalist with a passion for telling narrative-driven stories about health, politics and culture. She's reported features, news spots and a half-hour special for Utah Public Radio. Before that she spent nearly six years at NJ PBS where she worked her way up from intern to producer. She’s a graduate from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.