Tag Archives: foot and mouth disease

Australian crops with or without genetic modification

Steve Marsh is a Western Australian farmer who sued his neighbour Michael Baxter for ‘reckless’ harvesting of GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) canola (oilseed rape, rapeseed, Brassica napus). Some GM canola seeds ended up on Mr Marsh’s land. Mr Marsh … Continue reading

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The badger cull – what we know and what we don’t know

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. Other animals can get bTB too. In Britain, some people think the native badger (Meles meles) is … Continue reading

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Bovine TB in Ireland and how it compares to that in the UK

Here’s a website about bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The unnamed author says, ‘My motivation comes from wanting to create a web site which informs rather than one which tries to influence opinion. As such I try not to hold back any … Continue reading

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Vaccines for livestock and people

Peter Border and Daniel Amund at the UK Houses of Parliament have published a briefing sheet about livestock vaccines. These authors explain the different kinds of vaccine. They put the story of a new vaccine against foot and mouth disease … Continue reading

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New vaccine against foot and mouth disease

Here’s an article from Understanding Animal Research (UAR) about a new vaccine against foot and mouth disease (FMD). FMD is a highly infectious disease of cloven-hoofed animals, caused by the virus Aphthae epizooticae. It’s not to be confused with hand, … Continue reading

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Schmallenberg virus is killing lambs and calves but a vaccine is coming

Today my fellow blogger nahrvalur reminded me about Schmallenberg virus (SBV). That emerging disease which is carried by midges and which deforms lambs, kids, calves and fawns. I hadn’t forgotten SBV, with farmers in my family-in-law, but this year their … Continue reading

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From foot and mouth disease to a crucial biotechnology tool

Ever wondered how taxpayers’ money is used to support science? If you’re a biologist in Britain, you’ll know all about the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). A set of great BBSRC-funded achievments led from foot and mouth disease … Continue reading

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