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 No simple way of predicting breathing difficulties in pugs, French bulldogs and bulldogs from external features

No simple way of predicting breathing difficulties in pugs, French bulldogs and bulldogs from external features

As many as a half of all short-nosed dogs such as pugs, French bulldogs and bulldogs experience breathing difficulties related to their facial structure. However, research published by the University of Cambridge suggests that there is no way to accurately predict from visible features whether an apparently healthy pug or French bulldog will go on to develop breathing difficulties.

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 New model could help improve prediction of outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever

New model could help improve prediction of outbreaks of Ebola and Lassa fever

Potential outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola and Lassa fever may be more accurately predicted thanks to a new mathematical model developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. This could in turn help inform public health messages to prevent outbreaks spreading more widely.

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Fruit fly model of deadly brain diseases could lead to blood test for vCJD

Fruit fly model of deadly brain diseases could lead to blood test for vCJD

A new model of fatal brain diseases is being developed in the fruit fly by a team led by Dr Raymond Bujdoso at the University of Cambridge, and could lead to a low cost, fast and efficient blood test to diagnose – and prevent possible transmission of – variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

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Sustainable livestock production is possible

Sustainable livestock production is possible

New research advocates use of pastures with shrubs and trees as it is more sustainable, improving animal welfare and increasing biodiversity.

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First randomised controlled trial to show spinal cord regeneration in dogs

First randomised controlled trial to show spinal cord regeneration in dogs

Researchers have shown it is possible to restore co-ordinated limb movement in dogs with severe spinal cord injury (SCI).

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March of the superbugs

March of the superbugs

Scientists who recently discovered a new strain of superbug have now tracked its transmission between animals and humans.

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New research suggests animal-to-human transmission of MRSA

New research suggests animal-to-human transmission of MRSA

Using whole genome sequencing, scientists have found two independent human cases of infection have been linked to livestock.

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New study shows how Salmonella colonises the gut

New study shows how Salmonella colonises the gut

Researchers plan to use data collected to develop vaccines to control Salmonella in animals and humans

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African Horse Sickness: mapping how a deadly disease might spread in the UK

African Horse Sickness: mapping how a deadly disease might spread in the UK

A disease lethal to horses, until now confined to hot countries, could arrive in the UK. New research creates a picture of its possible spread and pinpoints the area that would be worse hit.

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New research reveals how cat dander triggers allergic responses

New research reveals how cat dander triggers allergic responses

Immune system’s extreme reaction to cat allergen previously poorly understood; study could lead to new treatments for those with cat and dog allergies

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Fruit bat population covering central Africa is carrier of two deadly viruses

Fruit bat population covering central Africa is carrier of two deadly viruses

A population of fruit bats which is found across much of continental Africa is widely infected with two deadly viruses that could spread to humans, new research reveals.

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11,000-year-old living dog cancer reveals its secrets

11,000-year-old living dog cancer reveals its secrets

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest continuously surviving cancer, a transmissible genital cancer that affects dogs.

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Winners of the first Odile Bain Memorial Prize announced

Winners of the first Odile Bain Memorial Prize announced

University Senior Lecturer Dr Cinzia Cantacessi is one of two winners of the inaugural Odile Bain Memorial Prize for early career scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to the fields of medical and veterinary parasitology.

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First national model for bovine TB calls for greater focus on cattle

First national model for bovine TB calls for greater focus on cattle

The majority of outbreaks of bovine TB within cattle herds are caused by multiple transmissions routes – including failed cattle infection tests, cattle movement and reinfection from environmental reservoirs such as infected pastures and wildlife – according to the first national model of bovine TB spread, published today.

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Global snapshot of infectious canine cancer shows how to control the disease

Global snapshot of infectious canine cancer shows how to control the disease

While countries with dog control policies have curbed an infectious and gruesome canine cancer, the disease is continuing to lurk in the majority of dog populations around the world, particularly in areas with many free-roaming dogs. This is according to research published in the open access journal BMC Veterinary Research.

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Why live vaccines may be most effective for preventing Salmonella infections

Why live vaccines may be most effective for preventing Salmonella infections

Vaccines against Salmonella that use a live, but weakened, form of the bacteria are more effective than those that use only dead fragments because of the particular way in which they stimulate the immune system, according to research from the University of Cambridge published today.

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Understanding the bushmeat market: why do people risk infection from bat meat?

Understanding the bushmeat market: why do people risk infection from bat meat?

Ebola, as with many emerging infections, is likely to have arisen due to man’s interaction with wild animals – most likely the practice of hunting and eating wild meat known as ‘bushmeat’. A team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has surveyed almost six hundred people across southern Ghana to find out what drives consumption of bat bushmeat – and how people perceive the risks associated with the practice.

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Scientists ‘must not become complacent’ when assessing pandemic threat from flu viruses

Scientists ‘must not become complacent’ when assessing pandemic threat from flu viruses

As our ability to assess the pandemic risk from strains of influenza virus increases with the latest scientific developments, we must not allow ourselves to become complacent that the most substantial threats have been identified, argue an international consortium of scientists.

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Lassa fever controls need to consider human to human transmission and the role of ‘super spreaders’, say researchers

Lassa fever controls need to consider human to human transmission and the role of ‘super spreaders’, say researchers

One in five cases of Lassa fever – a disease that kills around 5,000 people a year in West Africa – could be due to human-to-human transmission, with a large proportion of these cases caused by ‘super-spreaders’, according to research published today in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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Minimising ‘false positives’ key to vaccinating against bovine TB

Minimising ‘false positives’ key to vaccinating against bovine TB

New diagnostic tests are needed to make vaccination against bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) viable and the number of false positives from these tests must be below 15 out of every 10,000 cattle tested, according to research published today in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.

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Virus evolution and human behaviour shape global patterns of flu movement

Virus evolution and human behaviour shape global patterns of flu movement

The global movement patterns of all four seasonal influenza viruses are illustrated in research published today in the journal Nature, providing a detailed account of country-to-country virus spread over the last decade and revealing unexpected differences in circulation patterns between viruses.

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Food poisoning: the bacteria lurking in your chicken

Food poisoning: the bacteria lurking in your chicken

The Cambridge Animal Alphabet series celebrates Cambridge's connections with animals through literature, art, science and society. Here, C is for Chicken – a popular source of protein that carries a hidden hazard in the form of Campylobacter.

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MRSA contamination found in supermarket sausages and minced pork

MRSA contamination found in supermarket sausages and minced pork

A survey carried out earlier this year has found the first evidence of the ‘superbug’ bacteria Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in sausages and minced pork obtained from supermarkets in the UK. However, researchers stress that this does not pose a significant immediate risk to the public.

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A shaggy dog story: The contagious cancer that conquered the world

A shaggy dog story: The contagious cancer that conquered the world

A contagious form of cancer that can spread between dogs during mating has highlighted the extent to which dogs accompanied human travellers throughout our seafaring history. But the tumours also provide surprising insights into how cancers evolve by ‘stealing’ DNA from their host.

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