A research breakthrough allowing the first direct, empirical, blood-based, cow-side test for diagnosing bovine tuberculosis (TB) could spare ranchers and the agriculture industry from costly quarantines and the mass slaughter of animals infected with this easily spread disease.
"We have adapted an assay originally developed for human TB to bovine TB — a particular challenge because the bovine disease is caused by a different species of the pathogen," said Harshini Mukundan, lead
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