$10M CDC grant funds center to fight vector borne diseases

Managing mosquito-borne viruses, such as West Nile, Dengue, Zika and tick-borne Lyme disease have been a challenge due to lack of resources, knowledge and trained expertise. To better understand, prevent and treat diseases passed from insects to people, the Cornell University-led Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases will launch later this month, thanks to […]

Don’t bug out over latest Zika news

Vector biologist Laura Harrington and chair of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University says overreaction to the threat of Zika virus in the continental U.S. could be harmful to citizens’ psychological well-being, as well as the environment as it may lead to mass spraying of insecticides that may not be effective in controlling the mosquitos. […]

Finding Zika one paper disc at a time

An international, multi-institutional team of researchers that included Giullaume Lambert, a Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell Uniersity, has developed a low-cost, rapid paper-based diagnostic system for strain-specific detection of the Zika virus, with the goal that it could soon be used in the field to screen blood, urine, or saliva samples. […]

Change in mosquito mating may control Zika virus

ITHACA, N.Y. – Genetic cues from male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes passed on during sex affect which genes are turned on or off in a females’ reproductive tract post-mating, including genes related to blood feeding, egg development and immune defense, according to new Cornell research. The researchers believe such processes provide information that could be exploited […]