Panjab University (PU) and Sandia National Laboratories will set up one-of-a-kind Biorisk Management Center at PU. The center will train researchers from various parts of the country on the biosafety and biosecurity aspects of research being carried out in various life sciences disciplines.
Humans act as a main driver of disease transmission, responsible for African swine fever virus introduction to domestic pig farms and long-distance transmission jumps. By transporting contaminated meat and discarding meat products so that they end up as waste or kitchen leftovers in pig stables or in nature inhabited by wild boar.
Despite government intervention to curb the disease spread in Belgium’s wild boar herd, reports say African swine fever infected wild pigs could be as close as three kilometers from the French border, which is the distance the disease can travel in one month in infected wild populations.
In calling for standards for producing such ‘CRISPR-edited’ babies, leaders have shunted aside a crucial and as-yet-unanswered question: whether it is (or can ever be) acceptable to genetically engineer children by introducing changes that they will pass on to their own offspring.
Slaughterhouses must slaughter the pigs from different origins separately, and can only sell the products if blood of the same batch of pigs is tested negative for African swine fever virus, according to a new regulation.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a number of cancer patients in China underwent gene modification with the gene-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, but some scientists who administered the trial have neglected to keep track of patients who underwent gene-editing treatment.
With the recent surge in cases of African swine fever around the world, and its prevalence in Eastern Europe, stakeholders in the agricultural sector are keener than ever to gain a deeper insight into the causes, management and implications of these outbreaks.
One study in Germany, has shown a distinct relationship between antimicrobial usage, biosecurity measures and farm performance in farrow-to-finish farms.
As African Swine Fever continues to spread through China, it is wise for any pig farmer worldwide to know how to be prepared as well as possible, should the virus ever travel on. Pig management expert John Gadd gives a long checklist.