Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have published their procedures on video for creating a vaccine that protects against Marek’s disease and infectious bursal disease (IBD) using a CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editing system.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) to be vigilant in their inspection and monitoring of cross border trade of animal products as transboundary animal diseases continue to pose health risks.
Russian authorities were scrambling to seize swine fever-infected sausages on Wednesday, February 06, after getting test results from an eight-ton shipment that had crossed the border from Mongolia.
An international group of public health experts on Monday, January 4, called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to convene an emergency committee to consider declaring Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency.
Zika virus (ZIKV) is transmitted to humans by Aedes sp. mosquitoes, yet little is known about its enzootic cycle in which transmission is thought to occur between arboreal Aedes sp. mosquitos and non-human primates.
Unlike so-called ‘self-limiting’ genetic modification of mosquitoes – which, for example, renders them infertile or produce infertile offspring – gene drive works by unleashing a mutated gene that spreads rapidly through the species.
For the past 30 years, researchers have been investigating paper-based devices for faster diagnostics because paper-like materials, such as glass fiber and cellulose, are robust and known to function as a pump.
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) researchers designed a Universal Bacterial Sensor—modeled after the human innate immune system—that mimics the biological recognition of all categories of bacterial pathogens. Requiring less than a drop of blood, it detects all pathogens without prior knowledge of what they might be, before symptom onset.
The secure pork website is a collaboration effort between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Pork Checkoff, government officials, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota. Here the site provides the “Secure Pork Plan” which outlines the expectations and control strategy for producers, veterinarians, and packers if a foreign animal disease enters the US.
The outbreak of classical swine fever (hog cholera) has been confirmed in five prefectures, the Japan Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said on February 6.