Researchers at the Institute for Animal Health have examined a new type of vaccination regime that protects cattle against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). This regime features the use of a DNA vaccine approach and the experimental results show that such vaccines have the potential, with further development, to protect against this important disease. Such vaccines do not require high containment facilities for production, making them easier to design and cheaper to produce than current vaccines against FMD. The research was published last week inAntiviral Research.
Representatives from the NFU toured the Institute for Animal Health this week to hear of progress in understanding Schmallenberg virus (SBV).
Three early-career researchers from the Institute for Animal Health at Compton near Newbury had the chance to present their science to parliamentarians at the House of Commons on Monday (12 March). All three work on diseases of livestock that can cost the UK economy a great deal of money and threaten food security and animal welfare.