Chronic Wasting Disease comes in different shapes and sizes and there are significant implications to these variations in strains and isolates. The variants can infect different hosts and raises the possibility of the disease jumping species.
Debbie McKenize and Judd Aiken are part of the our LSARP project on the Systems biology and molecular ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease and have recently published a paper that shows how the strains infect different hosts and what that could mean outside the lab. Right now our knowledge of what will happen in the wild is limited, and the project hopes to find out more about the strains and what the new host range could be.
Freelance broadcaster Don Hill talked with the 2 researchers in his 7th update on what the project team is learning about CWD.