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New test detects early stage of Johne's disease in cattle

Paratuberculosis, a fatal disease that plagues dairy herds, causes estimated annual loss of up to $250 million to U.S. dairy industry.

Researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical & Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville have identified a more sensitive test for detecting the early stages of paratuberculosis, a fatal disease that plagues dairy herds and causes an estimated annual loss of up to $250 million to the U.S. dairy industry.

Current methods of testing for the presence of the bacteria that cause the disease — Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratube

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