Migrating birds may bring bird flu to North America

Colin Parrish, John M. Olin Professor of Virology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, an expert on influenza viruses and the spread of the virus in animals, says the highly pathogenic influenza strain currently infecting wild birds and domestic poultry in several European countries could be transmitted […]

Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology

Just like workers in a factory, enzymes can create a final product more efficiently if they are stuck together in one place and pass the raw material from enzyme to enzyme, assembly line-style. That’s according to scientists at Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health, the first team to recreate a 10-step biological pathway with all […]

First “test tube” puppies born at Cornell veterinary college

ITHACA—Researchers from Cornell University and the Smithsonian Institution have solved the decades-long puzzle of canine in vitro fertilization (IVF), resulting in the world’s first litter of IVF puppies. The breakthrough, described in a study published online Dec. 9 in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, opens the door for preserving endangered canid species using assisted reproduction […]

New tech promises fast, accurate stroke diagnosis

ITHACA, N.Y. – Minutes count when treating stroke, but current diagnostics take as long as three hours, careful lab work and skilled technicians to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis. Scientists at Cornell University’s Baker Institute for Animal Health have developed a device that helps diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes using a drop of […]

Distemper virus affects wild carnivores of all stripes

Tigers, lions and other wild carnivores, already under threat from poaching and habitat loss, are falling victim to a virus that could soon drive endangered populations to extinction. Canine distemper virus strikes wild carnivores of all stripes, including Amur tigers, – also called Siberian tigers – which roam the Russian Far East in ever-dwindling numbers. […]

What every dog owner needs to know about parvovirus

Outbreaks of parvovirus among dogs in Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey have animal shelters and owners scrambling to help sick dogs and prevent further spread of the virus. Colin Parrish, Professor of Virology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, who was involved in the development of the […]