These include research on vaccines for the control of infections in farmed animals with the aim to reduce human infections by animal viruses
Her research interests are emerging animal viruses
, molecular diagnostics, and pathogenesis.
According to Dr Ram Shukla, specialist, infectious diseases at Al Zahra Hospital in Sharjah, Coronovirus are animal viruses
very common in vertebrates (such as camels) but known to be carried by bats (natural reservoir of the virus).
Molecular tests that allow rapid genotyping of influenza viruses would also be useful to detect reassortants between human and animal viruses
By compiling a more complete library of such mutations, the researchers hope to better predict which animal viruses
we should be most worried about and better prevent major outbreaks, the Discovery News reported.
We're always concerned when we see transmission of animal viruses
Bright, because plant-based vaccines are free of animal cells, microbial pathogens, and animal viruses
Some scientists may debate the link between modern farming methods and the mutation of animal viruses
into ones that can infect humans but common sense alone predicts that holding tens of thousands of animals in small confined spaces and feeding them an unwholesome diet beefed up with antibiotics and other drugs is hardly a recipe for good health.
Sagoff provides several excellent examples illustrating one reason why this is so: The scientific research community has the ability to engineer and release some truly scary recombinant organisms into the environment, such as entomopathogenic fungi expressing scorpion toxin or animal viruses
engineered for immunosuppressive capabilities.
Critics are concerned animal viruses
may spread to humans but Dr Winston says the team is trying to breed virus free pigs.
THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) has taken over the role of regulating laboratories which handle animal viruses
in the wake of last summer's foot-and-mouth outbreak, environment secretary Hilary Benn said yesterday.
The findings were published as the Government announced that Defra is to be stripped of its responsibility for regulating laboratories handling animal viruses