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CDVR symposium “Facing the Challenges of Vector-Borne Diseases in the 21st Century”

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On March 27th and 28th 2010, the CDVR and IIGB hosted an international symposium on vector biology.   This symposium is the first to unite molecular and ...
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Understanding the origins of assassin bugs

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Assassin bugs are vectors of the causative agent of Chagas disease which is a debilitating and often fatal disease found in Central and South America. ...
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Mosquitoes possess complex immunity pathways

In order for female mosquitoes to transmit pathogens, such as the parasite that is the causative agent of malaria, these must develop means by which to evade any of the immune responses generated by the mosquito.   Mosquitoes, like many insects, have sophisticated immune responses that help guard against viral, ...

Understanding how plants defend themselves against feeding by insects

The act of insect feeding on plants leads to the induction of a wound response understanding the molecular basis of which should lead to new strategies to limit the damage done by herbivorous insects on crops.  This interaction between insect and plant can be complicated by whether the insect harbors a plant pathogen ...

How the chromosomes of the malaria parasite are packaged is proposed to play a major role in gene regulation

The genome of the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria in much of Africa, presents many conundrums, not least of which is its very high AT-richness.   Since many regulatory regions of genes are GC rich, this raises the question of whether Plasmodium gene regulation operates in the same way ...

The genome sequence of a major mosquito vector of human disease is completed

The mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus is a significant vector of many viruses pathogenic to humans as well as being a vector of filarial worms which cause lymphatic filariasis in many developing countries of the world.    The genome of Culex has recently been assembled and the genes and sequences within it annotated ...