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  • Detection of unusual hybrid schistosomes in Malawi

    LSTM’s Professor Russell Stothard is senior author on a new paper in which researchers from the UK and Malawi have described the unusual occurrence of novel schistosome hybrids infecting children along the Shire River Valley. The findings, published in the journal Emerging Infectious Disea...
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  • Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transfer

    Climate change could affect occurrences of diseases like bird-flu and Ebola, with environmental factors playing a larger role than previously understood in animal-to-human disease transfer. Researchers from The University of Queensland and Swansea University have been looking at how different en...
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  • Translocation of bighorn sheep in Arizona has positive genetic outcomes

    Translocation is an important management tool that has been used for more than 50 years to increase bighorn sheep population numbers in Arizona and to restore herds to suitable habitat throughout their historical range. Yet, translocation also can alter the underlying genetic diversity and spatia...
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  • Environmentally friendly cattle production

    Environmentally friendly cattle production

    Three hundred years ago, enormous herds of bison, antelope and elk roamed North America, and the land was pristine and the water clean. However, today when cattle congregate, they’re often cast as the poster animals for overgrazing, water pollution and an unsustainable industry. While some ...
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  • The threat of foot-and-mouth disease in New Zealand

    The threat of foot-and-mouth disease in New Zealand

    The threat of foot-and-mouth disease in New Zealand Isolation and the early practice of quarantine and disease control have kept New Zealand livestock free of the more serious diseases found in animals in Europe, Asia and the Americas. This is an advantage for New Zealand, and keeps its livestock...
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  • Scientists work to develop heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

    Scientists work to develop heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

    Scientists work to develop heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’ University of Florida scientists are working to breed the “cow of the future” by studying the more heat-tolerant Brangus cow — a cross between an Angus and a Brahman. University of Florida scientists are ...
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  • Researchers discover new cattle disease and prevent it from spreading

    Researchers discover new cattle disease and prevent it from spreading Following genetic studies of deformed calves, research is able to uncover a previously unknown disease found among Holstein cattle. The breeding bull from which the mutation and thus the deformation originate has now been put d...
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  • Protecting pigs from PRRS during reproduction

    Protecting pigs from PRRS during reproduction In the words of Kansas State University researcher Raymond “Bob” Rowland, his latest work is helping to eradicate a devastating swine disease. The disease is caused by the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, or PRRS, virus. The ...
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  • Overcoming immune suppression to fight against bovine leukemia

    Overcoming immune suppression to fight against bovine leukemia

    Overcoming immune suppression to fight against bovine leukemia The anti-bovine PD-1 rat antibody (left) was found unstable in the cow’s body and had no antiviral effect. So, the research team formed a rat-bovine chimeric antibody (right) which successfully showed an antiviral effect. Bovin...
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  • Antibiotics could be cut by up to one-third

    Antibiotics could be cut by up to one-third

    Nine in 10 dairy farmers participating in a new survey from the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RADBF) say that the farming industry must take a proactive lead in the battle against antibiotic resistance. Those questioned also think that over the next five years they could cut their o...
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