Public Health and Well-being

Research in Public Health and Well-being spans a wide array of topics including protecting the food and water we consume and combating human health crises such as obesity and pandemics. Examples include applied research with emphasis to incorporate disease resistant genes into crops important to south Texas agriculture using transgenic plant technologies at the Weslaco Center where currently, there are projects in potato, sugarcane, and citrus. In El Paso, researchers are looking at enteric viruses in the water supply. More than 140 different enteric viruses are known to infect humans causing a wide range of diseases, from diarrhea to heart infections. Enteric viruses have been found in raw surface water and wastewater. Compared to bacteria, enteric viruses are resistant to conventional water and wastewater treatment.

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