When microscopy had its first heyday in the 17th Century, it opened up a new world of cells, plant structures and the complexity of human physiology; the microscope led the discoveries and sparked a revolution in science. Now is the time that bioimaging is having, perhaps, a second bite at the Enlightenment cherry. Where, in the past, we have relied on biochemistry, biophysics and cell biology to answer questions about the lifecycles of viruses, we are now in a position to go directly to an animal cell and look inside at what is happening in powerful detail.
Earlier this month the Poultry Health Course brought together scientists with technical staff, veterinary surgeons and others wishing to learn more about infectious diseases in the context of poultry management. The course supports the necessary skills for excellent animal welfare in the poultry industry and helps to ensure future food security by reducing losses to infectious diseases.
This year, 11 delegates from across public and private sector and representing veterinarians and breeders learned from scientists and specialist veterinarians.
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.