Mosquitos are human disease vectors that transmit pathogens through blood feeding. These human pathogens include the malarial parasite, Dengue and yellow fever viruses, West Nile and Zika viruses. Over 3,000 mosquito species are known worldwide, yet only a handful transmit human pathogens. Roger Meisfeld Ph. D. discusses biochemical approaches to safe and selective control of mosquito borne disease and why these viruses spread so quickly in high density urban areas. His research group is using modern technologies, from bioinformatics to molecular genetics, to tackle this serious - and very timely issue.
IN THIS EPISODERoger Miesfeld, Ph.D, Head of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Arizona
Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D, Regents' Professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience