Professor Venugopal Nair OBE, Head of the Viral Oncogenesis group at Pirbright is among the shortlisted nominees for the Newton Prize. The award celebrates outstanding international research partnerships and the £1 million prize will be divided between four winning research projects.
How Pirbright is working to protect our pigs against African swine fever and what you can do to help
African swine fever (ASF) is a deadly disease of pigs and wild boar, it does not affect people. ASF is currently threatening the world’s pig population. Separate outbreaks are decimating pig herds across Africa, Europe and Asia, with official figures from the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stating that close to five million pigs have been lost to the disease in Asia in the past year.
The Pirbright Institute has become a member of the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research, whose mission is to raise awareness with the public about the potential value of this technology. By joining the network, Pirbright scientists will help the public to understand what gene drive research involves and how it might provide alternative solutions to prevent mosquito-borne diseases.