zoonotic diseases

0 ‘Species gaps’ exist in hunt for diseases that can jump to humans

By Lisa Stiffler, special correspondent HIV, West Nile virus, swine flu, ebola – all are human diseases that are traced to livestock, wild creatures and insects from locations scattered around the globe. It can be harder to think of infectious ailments that didn’t start in animals, and in fact these so…

0 Scientists say simplifying life on Earth will make us sick

A recent UN report on biodiversity says we’re doing a lot lately to simplify life on Earth — which is actually a bad thing. Life has evolved to be complex, rich and diverse. The current massive decline in biodiversity is expected to make the planet as a whole ecosystem a…

0 Paul Allen gives $26 million to WSU’s global animal health program

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has given $26 million to Washington State University’s School of Global Animal Health, the Associated Press reported today, the largest donation WSU has ever received. That’s a million more than the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave to launch this program a few years ago, which…