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Schmallenberg Virus Pathogenesis and Tropism

Approximately 30 percent of all infectious diseases that emerged between 1990 and 2000 were caused by arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses). This is probably the result of a combination of factors including a dramatic increase in travelling and commercial exchanges, climate and … Continue reading

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Goats cause cancer. Yes they do. Really.

Although studies have so far failed to find an infectious agent, the evidence is now pretty clear that “professional exposure to goats” increases the risk of lung cancer.   Professional Exposure to Goats Increases the Risk of Pneumonic-Type Lung Adenocarcinoma: … Continue reading

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10 things you didn't know about Schmallenberg virus (aka WTF is "Schmallenberg virus"?)

First it was foot and mouth virus. Then it was bluetongue virus. Now it is Schmallenberg virus. So here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Schmallenberg virus: Schmallenberg virus was first isolated in Schmallenberg, Germany, in November 2011. Schmallenberg virus … Continue reading

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Top 10 of Top 10's ?

I recently wrote about the top 10 plant viruses in molecular plant pathology. Well Ed didn’t like that list, so he’s published his own: Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) Cucumber … Continue reading

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Top 10 plant viruses in molecular plant pathology

Your favourite virus not in the top 10? Get over it. Continue reading

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Four new viruses of honey bees

There are numerous threats facing honey bee populations. Discovery and characterization of four new viruses will facilitate future monitoring of bee colones. Continue reading

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Fungus as a Biological Control for an Important Vector of Livestock Disease

Culicoides biting midges are widely distributed throughout the world and are vectors of internationally important livestock viruses, including bluetongue virus (BTV), African horse sickness virus (AHSV), Akabane virus and Epizootic haemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV). Bluetongue disease (BT) has gained considerable … Continue reading

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Still blaming the badgers?

Badgers can carry bovine tuberculosis, but does killing them make the situation better or worse? Continue reading

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Beating viroids at their own game

Viroids are the smallest known infectious agents and casuse a variety of diseases in crop plants. Viroid-specific small RNAs could be a way to beat them by gene silencing. Continue reading

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