Researchers working with arthropod vectors of pathogens to humans can now access expanded resources offered by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Vectors—organisms that transmit pathogens to hosts—include mosquitoes, ticks, triatomine bugs, sand flies, black flies, tsetse flies, fleas, mites and certain freshwater snails.
In the past, most of the NIAID resources available to researchers pertained to malaria vectors. Now, these resources have been expanded to include other live mosquito and non-mosquito vector species as well as reagents and genomic material.
NIAID repository contractor BEI manages the resources, where they are free of charge to registered users at domestic and foreign institutions. The Vector Resources Collection aims to support research to discover new ways to prevent the spread of disease.
There is no requirement to have an NIAID grant to access these resources. Read more about NIAID’s efforts at the Vector Biology Research Program website.