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Is the United States Ready for New Rules on Antibiotics?
Antimicrobial use on farms is about to change for animals across the US, writes Rachel Lane....
Colistin - The Latest European Antibiotic Resistance Challenge
Europe appears to have been thrown into turmoil following the release of a paper by Liu and colleagues (2015), describing the emergence of a plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism, mcr-1 gene, in China, writes David Burch, Veterinarian, Octagon...
Antibiotic Use in Cattle: A Quick Overview
Concern abounds when discussing the issue of antibiotics in the livestock industry, but lots is being done to minimise environmental and public health risks while considering the safety of the animal. ...
Antibiotic Free Cows Contribute to Antibiotic Resistance
Manure from cows fed no antibiotics is supporting soil bacteria growth and leading to antimicrobial resistance, puzzling scientists. ...
Antibiotics in Livestock and Poultry Production
Developed by the American Meat Institute (AMI) to improve the accuracy of reporting on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production, these Top Ten tips help to clarify some of the myths and misconceptions for everyone involved in these...
Potential for Understanding Anti-bacterial Resistance
Biologists could gain a deeper understanding about how species have evolved – and even find ways to address antibiotic resistance – using tools that were developed recently at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology....
Feasibility Study of Veterinary Antibiotic Consumption in Germany
Comparing two methods of measuring antibiotic use in cattle and pigs, researchers in Germany report that over- or under-estimation of the animal's liveweight may lead to incorrect dosing and increase the risk of the development of antibiotic resistance....
Antibiotic Resistance: Killer Virus to the Rescue?
IRELAND - A long forgotten therapy may be about to come to our salvation in the fight against antibiotic resistance, according to Dr John Rae of TEAGASC. He says the treatment has been around for nearly a century but that we in the English-speaking world...
Does Adding Routine Antibiotics to Animal Feed Pose a Serious Risk to Human Health?
As fears rise over resistance, some countries have banned the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed. Two professionals with opposing views state their case in a recently published article....
Antibiotics Naturally Present in Crops
Antibiotics can be naturally present in crops and can therefore enter the food chain unintentionally. This is the conclusion of the PhD thesis ‘LC-MS residue analysis of antibiotics’ by Bjorn Berendsen, who is employed at RIKILT Wageningen University...
Strategic Use of Diagnostics
With such a wide choice of diagnostic tests available, Life Technologies explains how to choose the best option in any given situation....
Emerging Global Diseases
The increasing demand for animal protein and the rapidly growing markets in Latin America and Asia are driving an increase in the production and trade of food animals globally. ...
Diagnosis Murder - DNA Profiling to Help Farmers
In September 2000, Ian Lowther, a UK national, was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he committed 23 years earlier. His conviction was made possible by advances in biotechnology, which allowed forensic scientists to match his DNA to samples...
Cutting Costs - Do we Really Need to Vaccinate?
Not so long ago veterinarians spent a lot of time trying to convince their clients of the benefits of prevention rather than cure, and in particular the economic benefits of vaccination. However, vaccination is like insurance: if you don’t have to make...
The Value of Diagnostics
Infectious disease continues to be the biggest cause of economic loss for livestock farmers. At a time when input costs are high and margins are being squeezed, losses due to culling, poor growth, variability and treatment need to be minimised, if businesses...

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