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GMO breakthroughs and fakethroughs

It can be difficult to know who to believe about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The scientific peer review system is no guarantee of truth, nor are the news media, nor are blogs like this one. Jonathan Latham of the US-based … Continue reading

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Image of the Week: Convincing Facts

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
How do you convince people that they should do something? Especially if it is something they don’t want to do, or they don’t believe in? Perhaps with capital letters, powerful statistics, and exclaiming ‘Convincing…

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Vaccination of badgers is launched

Originally posted on vetsbeyondreason:
From the Western Gazette, North Dorset at http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Vaccination-badgers-launched/story-20314824-detail/story.html#axzz2nO4fAjhg. CONSERVATIONISTS in Dorset began their own battle against badgers with TB this week, but have begun to vaccinate them instead of culling them. The Dorset Wildlife Trust said…

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Is the existing bovine TB eradication policy really working?

One of my favourite sources of information about bovine tuberculosis (bTB, caused by Mycobacterium bovis) is bovinetb.co.uk. Its unnamed author is ‘looking for the reform of a costly and misguided system.’ When I talk to farmers, I often hear support … Continue reading

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Bovine TB in New Zealand compared to Britain and Ireland

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. This disease is zoonotic. That is, M. bovis can infect us as well as cattle. Not very … Continue reading

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Vaccinating against tuberculosis (part 1)

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. It develops slowly but it ends up very nasty. You might choose to follow the ‘tuberculosis’ tag on my blog. Here in Britain … Continue reading

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Shoot badgers? Vaccinate badgers? How about not blaming badgers?

There’s supposed to be a badger (Meles meles) cull happening right now in parts of England. I say ‘supposed to be’ because there’s not a lot about it on the news. It’s about bovine tuberculosis (bTB). This disease is caused … Continue reading

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