Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising
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Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising

Originally posted on ILRI news:
A Tunisian man carries a sheep suffering from peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as sheep and goat plague, a highly contagious animal disease affecting small ruminants. Once introduced, the virus can infect up to 90% of an animal heard and the disease kills anywhere from 30 to 70%…

Green Mountain-ILRI agreement to make high-quality monoclonal antibodies detecting infectious cattle diseases more available worldwide
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Green Mountain-ILRI agreement to make high-quality monoclonal antibodies detecting infectious cattle diseases more available worldwide

Green Mountain Antibodies has signed an agreement with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) of Nairobi, Kenya to produce and distribute monoclonal antibodies that detect infectious disease markers in cattle. Continue reading

Niall MacHugh
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Niall MacHugh

Originally posted on ILRI news:
In sadness, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports that Niall MacHugh, a long-term former scientist at ILRI and its predecessor, the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD), died 21 Mar 2017. Niall MacHugh was quiet about all his accomplishments. He was an expert in invisible, hard, life…

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A short history of the ‘live’ vaccine protecting Africa’s cattle against East Coast fever

This article provides a short history of the ‘live’ vaccine (officially known as the infection-and-immunization method of immunization) protecting Africa’s cattle against the lethal cattle disease East Coast fever and names the major funding agencies critical to its development over the last four decades and its deployment in more recent years. Continue reading

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First use of whole genome ‘synthetic biology’ — poster child for new science — in Africa

Synthetic biology is the design and construction of biological devices and systems for useful purposes (figure from The Official Andreas CV Blog). Four years ago, Time Magazine columnist Nancy Gibbs argued (The risks and rewards of synthetic biology, 28 Jun 2010) the need for early, inclusive and expansive public debate on advances at the frontiers of … Continue reading

Africa / AHH / Cattle / ECF / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Partners / Vaccines

Vish Nene and Dirk Werling filmed on affinities between East Coast fever in cattle and malaria and cancer in people

South Africa’s first 24-hour television news channel, eNCA, has broadcast a 2-minute film that describes how the disease East Coast fever affects cattle in Africa and how research to develop a new-generation vaccine against it may hold promise for research on the human ailments of malaria and cancer. Continue reading