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Genetics insights in chickens could tackle food poisoning
The findings could inform future research into breeding chickens that are at reduced risk of carrying Campylobacter.
Scientists identify genes that may influence resistance to Campylobacter.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have identified key genes in chickens that may provide resistance to harmful bacteria responsible for food poisoning in humans.

The study published in BMC Genomics found a large number of genes in the guts of chickens that may determine whether birds are resistant to Campylobacter. 

Scientists say the findings could inform future research into breeding chickens that are at reduced risk of carrying Campylobacter, and could therefore mitigate the risk to consumers. 

“Campylobacter is present in more than half of chicken sold, representing a significant risk to consumers, and breeding poultry resistant to the bacteria is one potential way to tackle this,” commented study author Professor Mark Stevens. 

“Our research is shedding light on how the genetic make-up of chickens influences their response to the bacteria, which could inform ways to breed poultry resistant to Campylobacter and thereby improve food safety.”

Building on previous research, this study tested the effects of Campylobacter infection on chickens bred to be resistant or susceptible to the bacteria. Analysis of the chickens’ gut tissue revealed variations in a large number of the genes, including one involved in immunity.

Scientists say the difference between these genes in susceptible and resistant chickens could in part explain their response to Campylobacter.

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VetCT app offered to students and new graduates

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 The VetCT app is being offered for free to students and new veterinary graduates for their first three months in practice. The app provides a service for vets to send case information to a global team of Diploma-holding specialists, who can provide advice and support via instant call-back, text chat, written report, or virtual appointment.

Time on the app is automatically logged as CPD with quarterly certificates being generated for users. Additional services include the ability to book bespoke CPD, significant event reviews, and live training sessions such as surgical procedures.

The app is downloadable for both iOS and Android systems. 

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HORIBA to host CPD webinar

HORIBA has announced that it will host an online CPD meeting focusing on 'Exotic Parasites - The Importance of Testing in The Imported Dog'. Ian Wright (BVMS, MSc, MRCVS), head of ESCCAP UK and Ireland, will present on the importance of testing protocols in diseases of imported dogs.

The meeting will provide attendees with an overview of emerging veterinary diseases with a particular focus on exotic parasites, and discuss the importance of accurate testing protocols and equipment, alongside a final Q&A session.

The webinar will take place on Thursday July 1, from 19.30pm to 21.00pm BST. For free registration and more information visit the Horiba website or register.gotowebinar.com