A vaccine against the disease associated with a virus carried by migrating wildebeest

Alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 is a strange virus: it is harmless to its host species, the wildebeest, but is fatal when it is carried to cattle. Benjamin Dewals has perfected a vaccine against the disease.

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Mutations that affect bovine fertility

Fertility in the Holstein breed of dairy cattle has been decreasing steadily. There are many causes but the accumulation of deleterious mutations causing early embryonic death could partly explain this decrease.

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The Schmallenberg virus

In Europe, many ruminants have been struck by this virus which is particularly dangerous to foetuses. A team from ULg has been following this epidemic closely.

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Spotlight on the Escherichia coli bacteria

Scientists of human and veterinary medicine compare notes on the epidemic caused by the Escherichia (E.) coli bacteria in May 2011. Their publication answers a lot of questions.

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The crazy tale of the Belgian Blue’s coat

Analyses of the Belgian Blue’s genome have led to the discovery of a new genetic mechanism involving the translocation of a circular chromosome fragment.

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