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Bringing diagnostics to the field

November 29, 2018 - Diagnosing Zika in the field presents specific challenges as other diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue, present in the same areas, can give a false positive on diagnostic tests. Read more

Featured Publication

Improved reference genome of Aedes aegypti informs arbovirus vector control

Matthews et al. – Nature, November 14, 2018

Progress in understanding the biology of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and developing the tools to fight them has been slowed by the lack of a high-quality genome assembly. The authors of this study combine diverse technologies to produce a markedly improved, fully re-annotated AaegL5 genome assembly and demonstrate how it accelerates mosquito science to fight this deadly disease vector.

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Research Focus

NEURO-ZIKA: Neurological Manifestations of Zika

Defining the spectrum of neurological diseases associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) infection, in both the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) of adults and children.

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WEAR: Wearable Aedes Repellent Technologies

To protect pregnant women, novel, wash-in detergent formulations and long-lasting plastic technologies containing repellents for the treatment of clothing and other wearable repellent technologies are being developed using new microencapsulation techniques.

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Investigating Vaccines in Antibody Dependent Enhancement

Identifying the major T-cell epitopes and cross reactive B-cell epitopes on ZIKV and assessing the role of flavivirus antibodies in protective and pathogenic immunity following ZIKV through antibody dependent enhancement (ADE).

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