New Issue of Healthy Animals Now
Online By Jim
October 25, 2004
The Agricultural Research
Service today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals at:
This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert
resources on the health and well-being of agricultural animals and fish.
Each quarter, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a
particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue looks at avian and
swine influenza viruses. Scientists are now learning more about the behavior of
flu viruses in poultry and pigs, and how animals can be hosts for the viruses
that affect humans.
Other research highlighted in this issue includes:
- Development of a year-round supply of sunshine bass
- A new facility to study stress indicators in livestock.
- The sequencing of a gene that helps regulate feed intake and
energy expenditure in turkeys.
- Two new methods to detect feed additives used to produce
leaner cuts of pork and beef.
- Proteins from harmless microorganisms used to reduce
Campylobacter and other pathogens by 99.999 percent in poultry
Professionals interested in animal health issues may want to
bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index
lists ARS research locations covering approximately 70 animal health topics.
These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects
like nutrition or parasites. The site also provides complete contact
information for the more than 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed
at protecting and improving farm animal health.
To receive an e-mail alert about each future issue's posting
online, contact Jim Core, ARS Information
Staff, or sign up
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.