Fighting Chronic Wasting Disease

Veterinary Medicine

MSI PI Peter Larsen (assistant professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences) is featured in a recent news story by WCCO-TV about chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Minnesota’s deer population. CWD is a deadly prion disease. Professor Larsen’s lab is working to develop an instant CWD field test, which would allow hunters to know immediately whether their deer is safe to eat. The story can be found on the WCCO website: New Rules in Place to Prevent the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in MN’s Deer.

Professor Larsen uses MSI for multi-omic analyses including transcriptomic, metagenomoic, and epigenomic experiments involving mammals in order to investigate epigenomic vulnerablites contributing to the origin of sporadic disease and emerging zoonoses at the wildlife-livestock interface.