Whoa, it has been a week full of interesting news in the animal health stratosphere so without further ado, let’s dive in!
- Thanks to the good work of scientists at the University of Nottingham, a newly developed blood test is capable of detecting very low levels of Mycobacteria bovis (bovine TB) in the blood, delivering results within 6 hours. The blood test is more sensitive than the Single Intradermal Comparative Cervical Tuberculin (SICCT) skin test which is the current norm and known to miss many infected individuals. A similar blood test could be developed for other diseases such as Johne’s disease. Read more about it on the Cattle Site.
- Have you ever wondered what poo can tell you about an animal’s health? Ponder no further, and go and read this informative and light article on the Conversation website.
- Do you feel like travelling around a bit this weekend? Discovering hidden corners you’ve never even dreamt of? This is (sort of) what Pig Progress allows you to do from the comfort of your own sofa…They have put together an interactive map which brings you to each farm they have visited in the past as desired. Many of the farms are linked to media files or interviews. Cameroon, Thailand, Russia…the world is your oyster!
Other news of interest
- The European Commission has published a book on “Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World – a vision for Europe”. One of the actions of the Commission highlighted by the book has made the news. The anticipated reform would make results of research supported by public and public-private funds set to be made freely available to all. The book also presents a broader set of recommendations in support of Open Science, a concept that also includes improved storage of and access to research data. A move I warmly applause.
- Finally, I wanted to bring more exposure to a forward-thinking article published on SciDevNet arguing that menstrual health is the next frontier of humanitarian response. The International Rescue Committee started a research program last year to feed into a new toolkit of approaches that humanitarian organisations can use to better support women and girls during emergency situations.
Wishing you a good weekend