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Is your farm prepared for a disease emergency?

New booklets lay out the threats to dairy, hog, and cattle operations and offer a blueprint for being ready

The first thing the Canadian Animal Health Coalition did after receiving a grant to better prepare for animal disease emergencies was to see if producer organizations had a crisis plan. The results weren’t encouraging. “We surveyed 130 organizations, all industry associations at different national and provincial levels across the country,” said Matt Taylor, one of […] Read more

By binding a cognate antibody (a portion of which is shown in green) to a deer prion (salmon coloured) researchers were able to determine the three-dimensional structure of the prion protein.

Researchers take aim at chronic wasting disease

Finding out why prions misfold is key to finding a treatment for CWD and BSE

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) threatens populations of mule deer, whitetail deer, and elk throughout the Prairies, and scientists are working hard towards finding a solution Like bovine spongiform encephalopathy, CWD is caused by the misfolding of a mysterious class of proteins known as prions. While researchers are not clear on the function of prions in […] Read more