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As part of BBSRC’s long-term strategic planning, we are seeking input from active researchers, industrialists and policy makers on UK arthropod vector biology and vector borne disease research, training, infrastructure and translational activities focussing on animal, plant and human pathogens.

Researchers at the Babraham Institute have discovered a strong physical gene interaction network that is responsible for holding genes in a silencing grip during early development. In the same way that people can interact with others in close proximity, say within the same room, or others millions of miles apart, there are also short- and long-range interactions within the genome.

BBSRC has co-funded one of eight new grants through the international Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) programme. EEID supports efforts to understand the underlying ecological and biological mechanisms behind human-induced environmental changes and the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases.