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SARS-CoV-2 ‘origin’ studies out in Science

The COVID-19-causing coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, likely first spread to humans from animals in two separate transmission events in a Wuhan market in late November 2019, according to a pair of analyses by international teams co-led by Scripps Research scientists. The analyses, published July 26, 2022 in Science and released in earlier, pre-print versions in February, were based mainly on the locations of cases…
July 29, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 surveillance study out in Nature

It can be a bit smellier than other ways of monitoring COVID-19, but analyzing wastewater is a cheaper, faster and more accurate way for public health officials and researchers to detect rising cases. Bits and pieces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are flushed down toilets and washed down sinks by infected individuals; more copies of the virus found in sewage means…
July 13, 2022
Catie AndersonPublications

SARS-CoV-2 early epidemic study out in Cell

Our study investigating one of the most explosive early COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States has been published in Cell. The emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. went largely undetected due to inadequate testing. New Orleans experienced one of the earliest and fastest accelerating outbreaks, coinciding with Mardi Gras. To gain insight into the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in…
July 30, 2021
Congo RiverPublications

Ebola relapse study out in NEJM

Our study investigating a rare case of Ebola relapse has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Together with our colleagues at INDR in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and several other institutions, we investigated a case of a vaccinated man who had already been sick with Ebola fell ill with…
April 9, 2021
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Study on B.1.1.7 out in Cell

Our study investigating the spread of the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant first discovered in the UK has been published in the journal Cell. Together with our colleagues at the San Diego-based company Helix, we used testing data, genomics, and modeling to answer two simple questions - when was B.1.1.7 introduced into the US and how is it currently spreading in this country?…
April 9, 2021
Cell abstractPublications

Zika surveillance study in Cell

Our study investigating smoldering 'hidden' outbreaks of Zika in the Americas was published on the cover of Cell. In this paper we used travel surveillance and genomic epidemiology to answer a simple question - "in 2017, was the epidemic over?". The short answer, is no - read the rest of the study for the long answer. The Zika epidemic in…
August 23, 2019
Cell abstractPublications

Ebola antibody research

In two papers published in Cell and Cell Host Microbe together with our collaborators at VIC, CViSB, and VHFC we describe in detail antibody responses to Ebola virus. By systematic analysis of a large set of more than 170 monoclonal antibodies to Ebola virus, we investigated which immunological features play key roles in protection against the virus. This was our first…
August 10, 2018
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Pandemics: Focus on surveillance

Over the past 15 years, outbreaks caused by viruses such as Ebola, SARS, and Zika have cost governments billions of US dollars. Combined with a perception among scientists, health workers and citizens that responses to outbreaks have been inadequate, this has fueled what seems like a compelling idea. Namely, that if researchers can identify the next pandemic virus before the…
June 11, 2018