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Herpesvirus-Vectored Transmissible Vaccines Show Promise

Recent BCB graduate Tanner Varrelman published a paper examining the effectiveness of herpes viruses as vectors for transmissible vaccines. He found that these types of vaccines could have the potential to manage infectious diseases in wildlife populations.

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New NSF supplements to expand data-driven tick-borne disease research

A multidisciplinary team based at the University of Idaho received two supplemental grants totaling $600,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand their work on tick-borne diseases.

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Evolutionary Origins of Social Parasites in Ants

In a new paper, Marek Borowiec and collaborators from Harvard University and Arizona State University explore the evolutionary origins of social parasitism in ants. Their findings emphasize that social parasite syndromes readily originate in socially polymorphic organisms and evolved convergently across the ant phylogeny.

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IIDS Seminar Series Announced

The lineup of speakers for the IIDS Fall 2021 Seminar Series has been announced.

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AI Workshop Registration is Open

Registration is open for the ORED-sponsored Artificial Intelligence Workshop for faculty on Thursday, Oct. 14.

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Marshall Ma Awarded Grant to Provide Open Access Mineral Data

Computer Science Assistant Professor Marshall (Xiaogang) Ma has been awarded an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to transfer the data of Mindat, an online database of mineral species and their worldwide distribution, to an open access format.

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Immersive Video Game Helps Students Analyze Spread of Ticks

Barrie Robison, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho, co-founded Polymorphic Games to incorporate evolutionary and ecological principles into video games. When his colleagues wanted to understand the growth of tickborne diseases, they recruited Robison and his studio to translate the research into a video game.

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U of I and INBRE Researchers to Study Coronavirus Variants

The Idaho INBRE higher education network and the University of Idaho will sequence COVID-19 samples and study coronavirus variants in the Moscow population in hopes of preparing for and preventing future outbreaks thanks to a $737,000 grant from National Institutes of Health.