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Discovery of Novel Viruses in Arachnids


Abstract Arachnids belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the largest phylum in the animal kingdom. Ticks are blood-feeding arachnids that vector numerous pathogens of significant medical and veterinary importance, while scorpions have become a common concern in urban desert cities due to the high level of toxicity in their venom. To date, viruses associated with arachnids have been under sampled and understudied. Here viral metagenomics was used to explore the diversity of viruses present in ticks and scorpions. American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis) and blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) were collected in Pennsylvania while one hairy scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis) and four bark scorpions (Centruroides sculpturatus) were collected in Phoenix. No... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Schmidlin, Kara (Author) / Varsani, Arvind (Advisor) / Van Doorslaer, Koenraad (Committee member) / Stenglein, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Virology / Molecular biology
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 138 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Microbiology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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