Portable device detects dengue, Zika in individual mosquitoes
Researchers developed a highly sensitive quantitative PCR, or qPCR, method for the detection and quantitation of dengue and Zika virus in individual mosquitoes using the portable Hyris bCUBE device, introducing a new tool for mosquito surveillance in areas facing outbreaks, according to data presented at ASM Microbe. “I joined a lab that studies microbe and mosquito interactions to facilitate the development of control strategies to limit vector-borne disease, which can be accomplished in several ways like generating genetically modified mosquitoes,” Natalie Rutkowski, a postbaccalaureate student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Infectious Disease News.
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