Tuesday, August 28, 2007

How a computer game glitch could help to fight off global pandemic

Another way game theory continues to develop our modeling abilities and improve opportunities for success in preventing pandemics. First, economics and now medicine...thanks to the game theorists.
revealed in next month’s issue of The Lancet Infectious
Diseases journal

Researchers have now made an unlikely breakthrough, thanks to a glitch in a
fantasy computer game
World of Warcraft, an
unexpected error
provided a ready-made laboratory for
studying the effects of an epidemic.
using these games as an untapped experimental framework, we may be able to
gain deeper insight into the incredible complexity of infectious disease
epidemiology in social groups,” wrote the authors, Eric Lofgren, of Rutgers
University, New Jersey, and Nina Fefferman, of Tufts University, Boston.
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