The United Nations World Health Organization has designated April 7, 2014 as “World Health Day 2014.” This year, WHO is drawing attention to vector-borne diseases, where pathogens are transmitted from one infected individual to another, typically by a carrier such as a mosquito or tick.
Diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever continue to be one of the greatest contributors to human mortality, especially among the world’s poorest people. With today’ prevalence of global travel and trade, more than half of the world’s population is at risk from vector-borne diseases.
Life sciences tools such as the Agilent 2100 BioAnalyzer System are routinely used to research vector-borne pathogens such as Lyme Disease and Leishmaniasis. The University of California, San Francisco, used Agilent’s microarray platform to create Virochip, a pan-viral microarray platform that has identified the full spectrum of viruses associated with respiratory infections.
Later this summer, Agilent is helping to sponsor the first international conference on “Systems Biology of Infectious Diseases: Pathogenesis to Personalized Medicine.” The event will highlight research aimed at understanding, treating, and preventing conditions such as AIDS, respiratory infections and tuberculosis. The conference will be held August 17-20 in Seattle, WA.
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