One test can detect all viruses that infect people and animals

A new test developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis can now detect virtually any virus known to affect humans and animals. Called ViroCap, this test can also detect “novel” viruses not yet identified, as long as they share a few genetic characteristics with known viruses.

According to a recent article, the researchers […]

Soybean disease reported in Midwest U.S.

Recent reports of soybean disease throughout the Midwest are likely to cause economic losses for some farmers this year, according to plant pathologist Carl Bradley of the University of Illinois.

In a recent article, Bradley specifically described the signs of two different diseases, sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Sclerotinia stem rot (white mold), both of […]

Concerns raised about mycotoxins in wheat east of Mississippi

Following a rainy season, the wheat harvest east of the Mississippi is behind schedule, meaning it is more subject to deoxynivalenol (DON) than usual, according to Max Hawkins, a nutritionist in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hawkins works with Alltech’s mycotoxin management team, and explains that DON is produced by Fusarium garminareum mold—the same mold that produces Fusarium […]

How pets can make you healthier

When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Many of my toys were of the animal variety, and I’ve always cooed over every dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig or any other animal I’ve ever seen. Animals are fantastic, and I love having them around me to pick up my spirits and to make […]

Anatomy of a pathogen: Listeria

Listeria is a common family of bacteria that can be found in the soil, water and even in some animals (including poultry and cattle). One member of the Listeria family is one of the major foodborne pathogens—alongside Salmonella and E. coli 0157:H7—and also one of the more dangerous ones, as it can survive not only […]

International collaboration brings new research opportunities

The University of Louisville’s Department of Pediatrics and three Chinese universities are beginning a new research project.The partnership will generate approximately $1 million of research support, as well as creating new academic opportunities.

“These agreements substantially expand collaborative pediatric clinical and research programs, facilitate the exchange of research trainees and

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Ebola outbreak claims lives of many in Guinea

This story has been updated as the outbreak has grown. For updates on this story, please read below.

First identified in 1976, the often-deadly pathogen known as Ebola is causing devastation yet again, this time in Guinea, Africa.

The last recorded numbers show that more than 120 have died from the outbreak, which is believed […]

Oak disease threatens U.K. trees

Courtesy of the Forestry Commission via Wikimedia Commons.

Scientists know little about a fatal oak tree disease that has cropped up increasingly in recent years.

Acute oak decline (AOD) first appeared in the United Kingdom (U.K.) 20 to 30 years ago; however, it seems to be on the rise. The disease causes mature oak […]

U.S., Canada adopt animal disease zoning agreement

The U.S. and Canada are taking more steps toward cooperation in “aligning the two countries’ regulations.”

On Wednesday, the two nations announced they intend to recognize zoning measures put in the place by the other in the case of “highly contagious foreign animal disease outbreak,” according to a statement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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Re-emergence of swine dysentery reinforces need for biosecurity

By Caleb Schaeffer

Swine marketing manager, Neogen Corporation

Barely a blip on the radar five years ago, swine dysentery is now increasing in prevalence and in concern.

The disease, commonly caused by the bacterium Brachyspira hydodysenteriae, is transmitted by contaminated feces, or carrier organisms such as birds and flies. It causes diarrhea in pigs, which […]