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Newswise: To track disease-carrying mosquitoes, researchers tag them with DNA barcodes
Released: 29-Nov-2022 7:50 PM EST
To track disease-carrying mosquitoes, researchers tag them with DNA barcodes
Colorado State University

West Nile, Zika, dengue and malaria are all diseases spread by bites from infected mosquitoes.

Released: 14-Nov-2022 10:05 AM EST
Preventing the next pandemic: Leaders of Pacific Rim Universities meet in Bangkok, Thailand
Newswise

Hosted by Chulalongkorn University the APRU APEC University Leaders' Forum 2022 is the first post-pandemic in-person APEC meeting held to foster high-level dialogue between CEOs, policy leaders, university presidents, and top researchers. This event begins Nov 15 at 9 PM EST.

       
Newswise: Bobby Brooke Herrera Joins Rutgers Global Health Institute as Principal Faculty Member
Released: 28-Oct-2022 2:45 PM EDT
Bobby Brooke Herrera Joins Rutgers Global Health Institute as Principal Faculty Member
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Research scientist Bobby Brooke Herrera, renowned for developing tools to accelerate diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, has joined Rutgers Global Health Institute.

Released: 26-Oct-2022 12:20 PM EDT
Global Virus Network (GVN) Adds Thailand’s Mahidol University as Newest Member to Combat Viral Threats
Global Virus Network

The Global Virus Network (GVN), representing 68 Centers of Excellence and 11 Affiliates in 39 countries comprising foremost experts in every class of virus causing disease in humans, and the Mahidol University in Thailand announced the addition of the Mahidol Virus Network as GVN’s newest Center of Excellence.

Released: 28-Sep-2022 4:30 PM EDT
New zika vaccine shows promise in animal models
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a Zika vaccine technology that is highly effective and safe in preclinical mouse models.

Newswise: Medical Researcher Aims to Glimpse Inside the “Minds” of Viral Killers
Released: 27-Sep-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Medical Researcher Aims to Glimpse Inside the “Minds” of Viral Killers
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Ricardo Rajsbaum understands killers. Like a criminal investigator tracking prey, the Rutgers virologist spends his days researching the enemy. Rather than obsessing over a madman’s next move, however, Rajsbaum’s focus is on the microscopic viruses that infect human cells – sometimes with deadly consequences.

Newswise: Chemical cocktail in skin summons disease-spreading mosquitoes
Released: 21-Sep-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Chemical cocktail in skin summons disease-spreading mosquitoes
University of California, Riverside

Mosquitoes that spread Zika, dengue and yellow fever are guided toward their victims by a scent from human skin. The exact composition of that scent has not been identified until now.

   
Newswise: How human cells become Zika virus factories
Released: 12-Sep-2022 1:05 PM EDT
How human cells become Zika virus factories
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Scientists solve mystery of how Zika virus targets key immune cell. New finding shed light on how to stop virus from spreading.

   
Released: 22-Jul-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Weather factors key to ‘predicting’ dengue outbreaks
SciDev.Net

Weather factors, including rainfall, temperature and ocean warming, play an important role in determining the activity of the Aedes mosquito which spreads dengue and other viral diseases like yellow fever, chikungunya and Zika, according to a new study conducted in Sri Lanka.

   
Newswise: Sending Out Bacteria-Carrying Mosquitoes to Protect People from Dengue
18-Apr-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Sending Out Bacteria-Carrying Mosquitoes to Protect People from Dengue
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Chaos, researchers developed a model to spatially distribute mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which reduce the transmission of the dengue virus. The researchers use real data on human and vector activity in a framework that can be analyzed from a mathematical point of view, allowing them to re-create and understand the epidemiological situation and identify those geographical areas with the greatest vulnerability, creating a ranking of areas that prioritizes those where Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes can have the strongest and most beneficial impact on the spread of the virus.

   
Newswise: A small mutation can make Zika virus even more dangerous
6-Apr-2022 5:05 PM EDT
A small mutation can make Zika virus even more dangerous
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) have found that Zika virus can mutate to become more infective—and potentially break through pre-existing immunity.

Newswise: UC San Diego Biology Lab Receives $1.4M Grant to Fight Malaria Spread
Released: 30-Mar-2022 1:05 PM EDT
UC San Diego Biology Lab Receives $1.4M Grant to Fight Malaria Spread
University of California San Diego

New funding from the Gates Foundation will support cutting-edge genetics strategies designed implement and safely restrain gene drives that help stop the spread of malaria, which annually infects more than 200 million people.

Newswise: Surprise Findings Suggest Mosquito Odor Sensors Are Sensitive to Molecular Regulation to Avoid Insect Repellants
Released: 16-Mar-2022 1:00 PM EDT
Surprise Findings Suggest Mosquito Odor Sensors Are Sensitive to Molecular Regulation to Avoid Insect Repellants
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In what they call surprise findings, Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists report that — unlike fruit flies — mosquitoes’ odor sensing nerve cells shut down when those cells are forced to produce odor-related proteins, or receptors, on the surface of the cell.

Newswise: Mosquito surveillance program finds invasive species taking root in three Iowa counties
Released: 10-Feb-2022 10:30 AM EST
Mosquito surveillance program finds invasive species taking root in three Iowa counties
Iowa State University

An invasive species of mosquito has established itself in three Iowa counties, according to data from Iowa State University entomologists. The species is capable of transmitting disease, but ISU experts said the species’ arrival is no cause for alarm.

   
Newswise: Mosquitoes are seeing red: Why new findings about their vision could help you hide from these disease vectors
2-Feb-2022 8:05 PM EST
Mosquitoes are seeing red: Why new findings about their vision could help you hide from these disease vectors
University of Washington

New research indicates that a common mosquito species (after detecting a telltale gas that we exhale) flies toward specific colors, including red and orange. Scientists believe these findings help explain how mosquitoes find hosts, since human skin, regardless of pigmentation, emits a red-orange “signal” to their eyes.

   
Newswise: Zika vaccine shows promising results in preclinical studies
Released: 27-Jan-2022 4:50 PM EST
Zika vaccine shows promising results in preclinical studies
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

A Zika virus vaccine candidate is effective at preventing the Zika virus passing from mother to fetus in preclinical animal studies, according to a new study in the journal npj Vaccines. The research is a collaboration between Trudeau Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC), and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), where the vaccine was developed.

Released: 30-Nov-2021 12:00 PM EST
Zika virus infection drives epigenetic modulation of immunity by the histone acetyltransferase CBP of Aedes aegypti
Preprints

AbstractEpigenetic mechanisms are responsible for a wide range of biological phenomena in insects, controlling embryonic development, growth, aging and nutrition. Despite this, the role of epigenetics in shaping insect-pathogen interactions has recei

Released: 14-Sep-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Proteins that outwit emerging and re-emerging viruses
Ohio State University

A family of proteins best known for their role in diminishing HIV infectivity may have the goods to outwit other emerging and re-emerging viruses, scientists have found.


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