The technology and economics of large-scale DNA synthesis have driven the cost of gene synthesis down approximately 250-fold in just 10 years. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines relating to variola virus are also unknown to most biologists.
The survey results, which included respondents from 39 member countries of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe, found only 54 percent of respondents indicate that their country allocates enough funding to support the implementation of biosecurity measures and good farming practices.
RESPE—the French epidemiological network for equine diseases—works main missions is to monitor equine diseases in France and throughout Europe and to alert the horse industry when a contagious equine disease outbreak is confirmed.
After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence.
Cryptography techniques to screen synthetic DNA could help prevent the creation of dangerous pathogens, argues Professor Kevin Esvelt.
The insects would carry genetically engineered viruses that could be deployed rapidly if critical crops such as corn or wheat became vulnerable to a drought, a natural blight or a sudden attack by a biological weapon.
Up to £7 million of funding has been allocated as part of a multilateral program to tackle poultry and swine disease in Asia. 11 projects received funding through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, involving UK bioscience researchers in China, Thailand, and the Philippines.
The 1.3 million cattle movement events in Ireland in 2016 cover a cumulative distance of travelling to the moon and back 60 times. Researchers created an animation to highlight the magnitude of cattle movements and the biosecurity issues this poses.
The European Food Safety Agency has produced a new practical guide on African swine fever: what it is and how to protect domestic pigs from infection.
Europe's top agriculture urged European Union (EU) member states to prepare tougher measures to contain the spread of African swine fever after the latest outbreak in Belgium.