The future of zoonotic risk prediction

Carlson, C. J. et al. (2021) The future of zoonotic risk prediction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 376(1837), 20200358. (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2020.0358) (PMID:34538140)

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Abstract

In the light of the urgency raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, global investment in wildlife virology is likely to increase, and new surveillance programmes will identify hundreds of novel viruses that might someday pose a threat to humans. To support the extensive task of laboratory characterization, scientists may increasingly rely on data-driven rubrics or machine learning models that learn from known zoonoses to identify which animal pathogens could someday pose a threat to global health. We synthesize the findings of an interdisciplinary workshop on zoonotic risk technologies to answer the following questions. What are the prerequisites, in terms of open data, equity and interdisciplinary collaboration, to the development and application of those tools? What effect could the technology have on global health? Who would control that technology, who would have access to it and who would benefit from it? Would it improve pandemic prevention? Could it create new challenges?

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mollentze, Dr Nardus
Authors: Carlson, C. J., Farrell, M. J., Grange, Z., Han, B. A., Mollentze, N., Phelan, A. L., Rasmussen, A. L., Albery, G. F., Bett, B., Brett-Major, D. M., Cohen, L. E., Dallas, T., Eskew, E. A., Fagre, A. C., Forbes, K. M., Gibb, R., Halabi, S., Hammer, C. C., Katz, R., Kindrachuk, J., Muylaert, R. L., Nutter, F. B., Ogola, J., Olival, K. J., Rourke, M., Ryan, S. J., Ross, N., Seifert, S. N., Sironen, T., Standley, C. J., Taylor, K., Venter, M., and Webala, P. W.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Publisher:The Royal Society
ISSN:0962-8436
ISSN (Online):1471-2970
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 376(1837):20200358
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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