The Other Side of an FAD

When we discuss foreign animal diseases, we usually think of mammals, with the occasional bird outbreak.  But, in the field of veterinary medicine, we treat all species.  Texas has extremely varied geographic terrain, allowing many different species to call this home. Farmed Pacific white shrimp offers a sustainable source of fresh shrimp to many areas […]

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Water Treatment Facilities

Clean water is the key to maintaining any civilization.  John Snow is credited with linking a cholera epidemic to contaminated drinking water in 1855.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diarrheal diseases (such as cholera) kill more children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, making diarrheal disease the second leading cause […]

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Conjugation, Transformation, and Transduction. Oh, my!

Bacteria have evolved some very unique methods of transferring genes amongst themselves.  One trait that is of high concern is antibiotic resistance.  How is it that bacteria can so quickly develop resistance to a given antibiotic?  The answer lies in conjugation, transformation, and transduction.

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Biosafety Level Labs

What is a BSL?  Sounds kind of scary, but they are very important in research and diagnosing disease.  BSL stands for Biosafety Lab.  There are four levels of BSLs.  Each handles increasing levels of infectious material, and therefore require higher measures of protection for lab workers. If you prefer to listen to podcasts, feel free […]

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Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease of over 70 species of wild and domestic cloven-hoofed mammals.  From the OIE Technical Disease Cards, the early signs include “vesicles on the tongue, dental pad, buccal mucosa, cheeks, gums, hard and soft palate, nostrils, muzzle, feet, corium of dewclaws, interdigital spaces, or teats”.  […]

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