Detecting Viruses That Could Cause the Next Pandemic
With the PREDICT project, the UC Davis One Health Institute and its partners are conducting global surveillance to detect and prevent the spillover of pathogens of pandemic potential that can move between wildlife and people. Through consensus polymerase chain reaction (cPCR), the One Health Institute Lab is able to detect known and novel pathogens in tandem, rather than sequentially. These tactics can help reduce the spread of viruses that could lead to illness, epidemics and pandemics in people. The OHI lab at UC Davis is part of a global network of labs investigating viral families in 20 countries.
Most approaches to viral discovery are extremely expensive and available only in sophisticated labs with teams of diagnosticians. Because PREDICT's lab work takes place in some of the most resource-constrained countries around the globe, a cheaper, more technologically simple alternative was sorely needed. The short animated video above, narrated by OHI Lab Director Tracey Goldstein, gives a glimpse into how this approach works and why it's so valuable.