Welsh wizards fighting bovine TB

Research by two Aberystwyth scientists has paved the way for a possible breakthrough in the worldwide fight against Bovine TB.

As published in the July 17 issue of Science Advances, two skin tests for cattle have been developed that can distinguish between animals that are infected with bovine TB and those that have been vaccinated against the disease.

The combination of the essential proteins which enable the differentiation between vaccinated cattle and positive cases of bTB was established by the teams of Professor Glyn Hewinson and Professor Martin Vordermeier of Aberystwyth University whilst working at the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Building on their work, the two skin tests have been created by an international team of scientists from Ethiopia, India, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the USA.

The project has been supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government.

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