Together: Human Health and Our Environment Are Inextricably Linked

Planet Texas 2050
Apr 21, 2020 · 5 min read

By Michael G. Shensky and Katherine A. Brown

Image of the Earth as seen from space. Photo captured by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972.
“Blue Marble”: Image of the Earth captured by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972. Image courtesy of NASA

Michael Shensky and Katherine Brown are researchers on UT’s Planet Texas 2050 grand challenge team. They’re studying the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the serious disease melioidosis. It’s normally found in tropical and subtropical environments like Thailand and Northern Australia but is