Submitted to: Popular Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/14/2007
Publication Date: 5/14/2007
Citation: Maclea, K.S., Cheng, H.H. 2007. The threat of Marek's disease virus is expanding. Microbe Magazine. Volume 2:238-243.
Technical Abstract: In the face of continuing new and emerging disease threats to birds, the poultry industry needs to be vigilant and will probably need to incorporate additional strategies to prevent future outbreaks and ensure food safety. Genetic resistance to disease is an attractive solution to augment current control methods that rely mainly on vaccines and biosecurity. Modern genomic approaches have been applied to Marek's disease, the most serious disease threat to poultry and an infectious disease that causes T-cell lymphomas, and have been used to identify disease resistance genes that can be used to more rapidly select for elite birds.