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dc.contributor.authorColella, Jocelyn P.
dc.contributor.authorBates, John
dc.contributor.authorBurneo, Santiago F.
dc.contributor.authorCamacho, M. Alejandra
dc.contributor.authorBonilla, Carlos Carrion
dc.contributor.authorConstable, Isabel
dc.contributor.authorD’Elía, Guillermo
dc.contributor.authorDunnum, Jonathan L.
dc.contributor.authorGreiman, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorHoberg, Eric P.
dc.contributor.authorLessa, Enrique
dc.contributor.authorLiphardt, Schuyler W.
dc.contributor.authorLondoño-Gaviria, Manuela
dc.contributor.authorLosos, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorLutz, Holly L.
dc.contributor.authorGarza, Nicté Ordóñez
dc.contributor.authorPeterson, A. Townsend
dc.contributor.authorMartin, María Laura
dc.contributor.authorRibas, Camila C.
dc.contributor.authorStruminger, Bruce
dc.contributor.authorTorres-Pérez, Fernando
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Cody W.
dc.contributor.authorWeksler, Marcelo
dc.contributor.authorCook, Joseph A.
dc.identifier.citationColella JP, Bates J, Burneo SF, Camacho MA, Carrion Bonilla C, Constable I, et al. (2021) Leveraging natural history biorepositories as a global, decentralized, pathogen surveillance network. PLoS Pathog 17(6): e1009583.
dc.description.abstractThe Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic reveals a major gap in global biosecurity infrastructure: a lack of publicly available biological samples representative across space, time, and taxonomic diversity. The shortfall, in this case for vertebrates, prevents accurate and rapid identification and monitoring of emerging pathogens and their reservoir host(s) and precludes extended investigation of ecological, evolutionary, and environmental associations that lead to human infection or spillover. Natural history museum biorepositories form the backbone of a critically needed, decentralized, global network for zoonotic pathogen surveillance, yet this infrastructure remains marginally developed, underutilized, underfunded, and disconnected from public health initiatives. Proactive detection and mitigation for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) requires expanded biodiversity infrastructure and training (particularly in biodiverse and lower income countries) and new communication pipelines that connect biorepositories and biomedical communities. To this end, we highlight a novel adaptation of Project ECHO’s virtual community of practice model: Museums and Emerging Pathogens in the Americas (MEPA). MEPA is a virtual network aimed at fostering communication, coordination, and collaborative problem-solving among pathogen researchers, public health officials, and biorepositories in the Americas. MEPA now acts as a model of effective international, interdisciplinary collaboration that can and should be replicated in other biodiversity hotspots. We encourage deposition of wildlife specimens and associated data with public biorepositories, regardless of original collection purpose, and urge biorepositories to embrace new specimen sources, types, and uses to maximize strategic growth and utility for EID research. Taxonomically, geographically, and temporally deep biorepository archives serve as the foundation of a proactive and increasingly predictive approach to zoonotic spillover, risk assessment, and threat mitigation.en_US
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceen_US
dc.rights© 2021 Colella et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.en_US
dc.titleLeveraging natural history biorepositories as a global, decentralized, pathogen surveillance networken_US
kusw.kuauthorColella, Jocelyn P.
kusw.kuauthorPeterson, A. Townsend
kusw.kudepartmentBiodiversity Instituteen_US
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