Cornell animal scientists may have a way to help rebuild populations of endangered mammalian species, now that they have succeeded in the first live births by non-surgical embryo collection and transfer in domestic ferrets.
Maddening cow disease might be a better name, so frustrating is the causative agent with its apparent ability to move among species. Not to mention the public- health dilemmas facing authorities in Great Britain, where a cattle disease called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, may have infected humans.
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a surveillance program for British cattle that were imported to the United States before bovine spongiform encephalopathy in England prompted a 1989 embargo on cattle from the United Kingdom.
Pet owners intrigued by the exotic are getting something extra with their imported iguanas -- exotic forms of Salmonella bacteria that can cause life-threatening illness in humans, Cornell University veterinary researchers are finding.