The recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico which has now spread to other places (including my fair city) has spawned a plethora of websites and Google maps to try to help people track its spread. Ben Parr from Mashable has made a nice summary of some of the key ones, but my favorite so far has been Rod Page's Timemap, which allows users to see the spread through time on a map of the world (also see Page's post on this effort at iPhylo). Having been involved in a project myself from 2005 to 2007, which sought to merge viral genomics and GIS, it is really cool to see that some of the databases and information sources have finally come together in ways that are actually allowing for rapid dissemination of these types of data. Hopefully this virus can be contained very quickly - and hopefully this new field of info-epidemiology will help with that.
Dechronization is authored by evolutionary biologists interested in the development and application of methods for estimating phylogeny and making phylogeny-based inferences. The goal of the blog is to provide a forum for discussion of the latest research and methods, while also providing anecdotes, tidbits of natural history, and other related information.