Chicago Breaking News Center… Field, U. of C. studying how disease jumps from animal to man April 20, 2010 5:28 PM | UPDATED STORY Field Museum biologists returned from an African expedition last year with an unusually large collection of 1,100 bird and small mammal specimens, including blood, tissue and stomach content samples. But what they will do next with those specimens is even more unusual. They will use them to study how rare diseases - like Ebola, AIDS and SARS - originate in wild animals and then jump to humans with deadly consequences.  …  For more see: