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August 24th, 2010

Student studies mosquitoes, hopes to decrease disease

Abstract:
David Cantu knows he cannot cure the world of infectious diseases.

But he can bring scientists and researchers a step closer to decreasing their occurrence.

During an 11-week summer research-training program at UF's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in Marineland, Fla., Cantu studied ways to reduce the threat of malaria- and yellow fever-carrying mosquitoes.

"I think I just have a passion for world health issues, and malaria is a big problem for most of the world," Cantu said. "I've always been interested in how we can more effectively alleviate that threat."

He cites the eight years he lived in his native Colombia and the four years he spent in China as reasons for his passion for world health issues.

Cantu, a UF microbiology junior, was one of eight students who participated in the Whitney Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Cantu chose to study mosquito larvae and the way fluorescent-coded nanoparticles travel through their bodies.

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