For decades, a strange neurological disease has plagued snakes around the world. The snakes tie themselves into knots, exhibit strange behaviors, and eventually die. In this talk, Dr. Joseph DeRisi describes how using genome sequencing his lab uncovered the mysterious agent responsible for this disease, which turned out to be an ancient arenavirus.
Joseph DeRisi, PhD., is currently a professor at UC San Francisco in the department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSF in 1999, Joe was a UC Fellow for approximately one year. During his graduate work at Stanford University in the laboratory of Patrick… Continue Reading