Scientists conducting research in the area of pathogen discovery, especially virus discovery met for a 4 day workshop on 5-8 Nov 2012. Held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi, the aim of the workshop was to enable ILRI to make informed decisions about which technologies to be investing in to support the pathogen activities in the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
Why virus discovery?
Viruses contribute the highest burden of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in livestock and humans. To detect, prevent and control outbreaks of zoonotic diseases, virus discovery is one key research area at ILRI that helps scientists to understand diseases and come up with disease prevention measures. This area makes a huge contribution to the control of livestock diseases.
Though a lot of research has been done on characterization of viruses, the world still faces the threat of viral…
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