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Chronic Wasting Disease update - the fire edition

Mule deer image by ImageMastersIt has been 50 years since chronic wasting disease was first clinically recognized in mule deer and it has been slowly spreading around North America since then. While we have learned a great deal about CWD and about prions which are at the root of the disease, there is no cure or vaccine, and the only reliable way to test for the disease is after an animal dies. 
In December of 2016, Genome Alberta announced the funding of an $11.5 million project led out of the University of Alberta and which is probably the world's largest team investigating CWD.
Cathy Cullingham is the Project Manager and in this update of the research team's progress, she talks to freelance broadcaster Don Hill about how forests fires could clean-up infected areas, and about some of the latest research on the possibility of CWD crossing to other species.

Chronic Wasting Disease update - the fire edition

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