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October 24, 2018
Dr Stafford Vigors is a researcher at Teagasc, a Food Research Centre in Ashtown, Dublin. At the 2018 Microbes and Mucosal Surfaces Focused Meeting, Stafford presented his research ‘Analysis of the intestinal microbiome of pigs divergent in feed efficiency.’ Here, he explains how differences in the gut microbiome could improve - or hinder - pig growth on farms.
June 24, 2014
Penguin poo has seen a surprising range of scientific applications, from a comprehensive census of emperor penguins from satellite data to a calculation of the rectal pressures required to avoid defecating into their own nests; the latter research, unsurprisingly, even won the 2005 Ig Nobel Prize in fluid dynamics.
April 8, 2014
On 21 July 1969, Neil Armstrong made mankind’s most famous leap, when he opened the Eagle’s hatch and stepped down onto the lunar surface. Hundreds of thousands of miles away in Ghana, something else happened in 1969 that you may not have heard of, yet it happens every year.
May 14, 2013
In 2011, a new animal virus was detected in the German town of Schmallenberg. This virus, which infects sheep and cows, is now sweeping across Europe and was first identified in the UK in 2012. In a new paper published in the Journal of General Virology, researchers in Belgium have found an area of the virus’s genome that is very prone to mutation.
October 24, 2012
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “Mad Cow Disease,” as it is more publicly known is a transmissible neurodegenerative disease affecting cattle. Importantly, it is also transmissible to humans and there is currently no treatment available. Scientists around the globe are working to better understand the infectious agent that causes the condition – a misfolded prion protein (PrPSc). In a new study, published in the Journal of General Virology, scientists used an improved detection technique to detect PrPSc in peripheral tissue from affected cattle. The findings suggest revised guidelines are needed on material banned from meat destined for animal feed or human consumption. This could help efforts to eradicate this disease.
August 8, 2012
Bats are an important natural reservoir of gammaretroviruses, a type of retrovirus.