One of the key mutations seen in the ‘Alpha variant’ of SARS-CoV-2 – the deletion of two amino acids, H69/V70 – enables the virus to overcome chinks in its armour as it evolves, say an international team including scientists from The Pirbright Institute.
News from June 2021
Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have worked with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo to showcase the importance of Culicoides biting midges within the Zoo’s revamped ‘Tiny Giants’ exhibit.
Pirbright collaboration illuminates path to preventing future pandemics through ‘One Health vaccinology’
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided yet another stark reminder that more than 70 percent of human infectious diseases emerge from animal populations. It has further emphasised the need for a more holistic approach to developing vaccines and treatments that could improve the health of humans and animals as well as preparing against the threat of future pandemics.