Chronic Wasting Disease is moving into Alberta from Saskatchewan. You can't blame the neighbours because deer, moose, and elk don't respect borders and if we knew all about halting the spread of CWD we probably wouldn't need Debbie McKenzie's research.
Debbie is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and the co-lead on the Systems Biology and Molecular Ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease project that was announced in December. She will be working with David Wishart and a team that will use genomics and metabolomics to develop tools to test cervids (deer, moose, elk) and their environment, identify CWD strains, model risk, and predict spread of the disease.
Freelance Broadcaster Don Hill will be following the progress of the project with monthly updates and this was his first look at the project.