Researchers propose surveillance system for Zika virus and other infectious diseases (The Lancet)

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research A group of prominent researchers from seven institutions including Princeton University are calling for the establishment of a worldwide program to collect and test blood and other human bodily fluids to aid in the study and prevention of emerging infectious diseases such as the mosquito-borne Zika … Continue reading Researchers propose surveillance system for Zika virus and other infectious diseases (The Lancet)

“Kurly” protein keeps cilia moving, oriented in the right direction (Cell Reports)

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research A new study of a protein found in cilia – the hair-like projections on the cell surface – may help explain how genetic defects in cilia play a role in developmental abnormalities, kidney disease and a number of other disorders. The researchers at Princeton University and … Continue reading “Kurly” protein keeps cilia moving, oriented in the right direction (Cell Reports)

Dolphin-disease outbreak shows how to account for the unknown when tracking epidemics (Journal of the Royal Society Interface)

By Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications Stopping the outbreak of a disease hinges on a wealth of data such as what makes a suitable host and how a pathogen spreads. But gathering these data can be difficult for diseases in remote areas of the world, or for epidemics involving wild animals. A new study led … Continue reading Dolphin-disease outbreak shows how to account for the unknown when tracking epidemics (Journal of the Royal Society Interface)

Genetic tweak gave yellow fever mosquitoes a nose for human odor (Nature)

-By Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications One of the world's deadliest mosquitoes sustains its taste for human blood thanks in part to a genetic tweak that makes it more sensitive to human odor, according to new research. Researchers report in the journal Nature that the yellow fever mosquito contains a version of an odor-detecting gene … Continue reading Genetic tweak gave yellow fever mosquitoes a nose for human odor (Nature)