A minimum data standard for vector competence experiments

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Velen Yifei Wu, Binqi Chen, Rebecca Christofferson, Gregory Ebel, Anna C Fagre, Emily Gallichotte, Amy R. Sweeny, Colin J. Carlson, Sadie Jane Ryan


The growing threat of vector-borne diseases, highlighted by recent epidemics, has prompted increased focus on the fundamental biology of vector-virus interactions. To this end, experiments are often the most reliable way to measure vector competence (the potential for arthropod vectors to transmit certain pathogens). Data from these experiments are critical to understand outbreak risk, but – despite having been collected and reported for a large range of vector-pathogen combinations – terminology is inconsistent, records are scattered across studies, and the accompanying publications often share data with insufficient detail for reuse or synthesis. Here, we present a minimum data and metadata standard for reporting the results of vector competence experiments. Our reporting checklist strikes a balance between completeness and labor-intensiveness, with the goal of making these important experimental data easier to find and reuse in the future, without much added effort for the scientists generating the data. To illustrate the standard, we provide an example that reproduces results from a study of Aedes aegypti vector competence for Zika virus.




Bioinformatics, Entomology, Life Sciences, Microbiology, Virology



Published: 2022-06-14 15:59


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