WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (GenomeWeb News) – Sometimes project ideas come in the mail. Joseph DeRisi, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, received a letter and a picture in the mail asking him to look into a disease affecting snakes. Based on this tip, DeRisi and his team used a metagenomic-based approach to uncover novel arenaviruses infecting snakes, an effort he outlined during a presentation at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute's eighth annual User Meeting.

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