KRISP team goes to Brazil to work with FioCruz & Oxford on Yellow Fever Outbreak

KRISP team spent 10 days in Brazil working with Prof. Luiz Carlos Alcantara group to use Oxford Nanopore sequencing device to analyse the current Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil

Dr. Maryam Fish (KRISP), Dr. Jaqueline Goes de Jesus (FioCruz), Ms Sureshnee Pillay (KRISP), Dr. Marta Giovanetti (FIOCRUZ), Dr. Jennifer Giandhari (KRISP) and other researchers members of FIOCRUZ in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

This is part of a long-term collaboration with Oxford University and FioCruz Foundation to describe viral and bacterial outbreaks in real-time.

A firm called Oxford Nanopore has developed a hand-held reader that can sequence genetic material in minutes. The applications won't just be for healthcare, but for establishing the provenance of food in restaurants, or the presence of dangerous microbes in food factories or water supplies. It could also be used for analysing DNA evidence at crime scenes.'It's like the ultimate barcode'

Dr. Jaqueline Goes de Jesus (FioCruz) and Dr. Nuno Faria (Oxford) on BBC coverage of the new technology of business and Brazilian collaborators work on 27 April 2018.

News date: 2018-04-27


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

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