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Chatter box A student studying for his PhD at the Pirbright Institute has been honoured for his research on egg anti-viral proteins which could lead to a major step forward in vaccine production rates.

Tom Whitehead was named Young Innovator of the Year at the Guildford Innovation Awards on Wednesday (22nd February).

Working with scientists at The Pirbright Institute, Tom identified the family of antiviral proteins which generate the embryo's anti-viral immune response. His research demonstrated that restricting the activity of these proteins enables the levels of virus to increase.  Chatter box

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Scientists create pigs resistant to PRRS
Scientists create pigs resistant to PRRS

Gene-editing technique could improve animal health
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BSE progress in Scotland and NI
BSE progress in Scotland and NI

Countries could be given 'negligible risk' status
New avian flu measures confirmed for England
New avian flu measures confirmed for England

Targeted approach to come into force on 28 February
H5N8 confirmed in Northumberland
H5N8 confirmed in Northumberland

Affected flock contains around 35 birds
Early warning signs of Huntingdon's found in sheep
Early warning signs of Huntingdon's found in sheep

Research uncovers biomarkers for illness before symptoms begin
Scotland confirms new avian flu measures
Scotland confirms new avian flu measures

Keepers may let birds out if enhanced biosecurity is in place
FSA and VPHA respond to 'dirty meat' claims
FSA and VPHA respond to 'dirty meat' claims

Media reports highlight 'major hygiene failures' at 25 per cent of abattoirs
GM hens could help save rare birds - study
GM hens could help save rare birds - study

Scientists create Europe's first gene-edited birds
RUMA advisory group meets for the first time
RUMA advisory group meets for the first time

Independent team underpins RUMA's fact-based approach
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Collaboration to improve animal disaster preparedness in California

Animal rescue specialist Jim Green has joined the University of California Davis's Centre for Equine Health, for a one-year collaboration to support major advances in disaster preparedness. Recent weather conditions in California have led to declarations of emergencies in 50 out of 58 counties and there is growing concern about pets and livestock safety in light of increased wildfires and floods.

Disaster plans are in place for human and property safety but UC Davis says there is a critical lack of funding and standardisation for animal disaster planning. Mr Green has created and implemented programmes for the UK Fire and Rescue Service, to educate and integrate first responders and vets. He will coordinate with the university and local and state emergency response stakeholders in California.

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