Tagged: cattle

Not cow farts - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 09, 2019

You may have heard or read media outlets talking of cow farts.[1] This tweet from  University of California at Davis animal biotechnology/genomics scientist, Alison Van Eenennaam might help – I’m sure I’ve been guilty of lazily using it. Eructation is a very polite and fancy way of saying burp. As the dictionary puts it, “a belch”. (Yes, … Read More

Mad cows, Oprah Winfrey and communicating the science in a high-profile court case - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 26, 2018

Larry Lemmons, Texas Tech University and Asheley R. Landrum, Texas Tech University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Twenty years ago, images of staggering cattle and descriptions of brains resembling Swiss cheese became associated with one of the most popular television programs of the day when Texas … Read More

Monday Micro – First documented cases of cat to human transmission of TB - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 31, 2014

A paper just published in the Veterinary Journal documents the first cases of transmission of Mycobacterium bovis* (the bacterium responsible for TB in cattle and many other species) to humans (1). Before anyone get’s into a panic, it was a year ago. Alas, the article is behind a paywall, but according to the free abstract a vet practice … Read More

Could the Fonterra botulism scare be down to herbicide use and GM crops? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 15, 2013

According to an article in the Stuff, Matamata veterinarian Frank Rowson says the contamination of Fonterra’s whey powder with the toxin-producing bacterium Clostridium botulinum is linked to contamination of the food chain by glyphosate weed killers. Glyphosate is better known as the Monsanto product Round Up, to which the company developed genetically resistant crops … Read More