Bringing 'omics technology to bear on Chronic Wasting disease is a new development and is the main focus of our "Systems biology and molecular ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease
Deer, elk, moose, and caribou (known as cervids) suffer from this fatal prion disease which is similar to the more familiar mad cow disease. CWD has the potential to infect large numbers of cervids and affect those who rely on the animals for food, cultural practices, and to alter ecosystems and biodiversity. Little is known about how CWD spreads among cervids or about the risk of transmission to humans and other mammals and 'omics tools are adding to that understanding.
It has been a year since the University of Alberta based project was launched and we have been bringing you regular updates from project team members.
In this podcast, freelance broadcaster Don Hill talks with the CWD project manager Cathy Cullingham about the past year.