Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting and Knitting-together

Introduction to the West Nile Virus Problem Space

As an emerging disease in the public eye, WNV continues to generate scientific interest as well. Researchers are exploring questions about its origin, evolution, transmission by multiple vectors and host tissues, replication in multiple hosts, viremic period, viral loads, seroconversion and antibody production, detection, vaccine potential, etc. Central to these investigations are the use of molecular data including nucleic acid sequences and the use of bioinformatics.

There are multiple ways this data can be used in courses. Other instructors have used West Nile Virus to:

See the Background page for more information about the virus.

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