In cattle, Mycobacterium bovis causes the disease, which easily spreads among large herds, periodically resulting in the quarantine and destruction of thousands of cattle in the U.S., Canada and abroad and restricting international shipments.
In cattle, Mycobacterium bovis causes the disease, which easily spreads among large herds, periodically resulting in the quarantine and destruction of thousands of cattle in the U.S., Canada and abroad and restricting international shipments.

On-the-range detection technology could corral bovine TB

Biomarker-based assay offers ranchers immediate, on-site test results.

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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