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New technique used to discover new viruses in poultry


Date: 11/07/2012


In a search to find better ways to control viral enteric diseases in birds, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have unearthed a treasure trove of previously known and unknown viruses in poultry by using a powerful new molecular tool called metagenomics. Each year, disorders like poult enteritis mortality syndrome, poult enteritis complex, and runting-stunting syndrome cause diarrhoea in turkeys and chickens, resulting in decreased weight, mortality and increased production costs. Metagenomics detects the nucleic acid of thousands of organisms in an entire community. Using this technique, researchers at USDA Agricultural Research Service discovered a new virus that might have future antimicrobial applications. (AllAboutFeed, 5/6/2012)


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