For the first time, researchers led by Professor Munir Iqbal at The Pirbright Institute have been able to insert protective avian influenza virus genes into the duck enteritis virus (DEV) vaccine by using a method of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing that allows higher rates of gene insertion. This makes the process more efficient and the resulting vaccine virus is able to protect ducks against both DEV and avian influenza.
On Saturday 17 March 2018, Pirbright’s team of Bug Busters were at Innovate Guildford showcasing the Institute’s research on genetic engineering and how the technology can be used help fight devastating diseases spread by mosquitoes.
Innovate Guildford is a science and arts festival promoting the work of pioneering organisations that are right on Guildford’s doorstep. Companies majoring in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects (STEM) joined forces with those championing the arts to inspire young and old, and demonstrate how the two areas are closely linked.
Thursday 8 March is a day to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been formerly celebrated on 8 March since 1977, when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to celebrate the day as the UN day for women’s rights and world peace.