Tag: Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome

European project aims to develop innovative vaccines and diagnostics for livestock reproductive diseases

The goal of a 5-year project involving 16 partners representing 7 European countries (Italy, UK, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland) is to develop new and improved vaccines and diagnostic tools to better control livestock reproductive diseases with worldwide impact. The REPRODIVAC project, funded through the Horizon Europe framework programme, will focus on four priority […]

Model suggests gene editing combined with vaccination could eliminate PRRS

Some livestock diseases could potentially be eradicated by introducing a proportion of animals that are genetically resistant to disease due to gene editing into some vaccinated herds, research led by the Roslin Institute suggests. A modelling study focusing on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]

Study of PRRS in pigs shows the value of breeding for disease resilience

Emerging technologies and new statistical methods offer novel approaches to breed livestock that are resilient to disease, with potential significant cost savings to industry, according to a study published in Genetics Selection Evolution. Improved statistical methods to quantify how animals respond to infection, and to what extent this is controlled by genes that give rise […]

Gene editing for PRRSV resistance in pigs

Precision engineering renders target cells of PRRSV resistant to infection with the virus. Researchers have used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that are potentially resilient to Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). Early tests have revealed that cells from the pigs are completely resistant to infection with both major subtypes of the virus that […]