Using DNA to Predict the Spread of Deer Disease July 15, 2011,





Using DNA to Predict the Spread of Deer Disease July 15, 2011, KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News
...the U.S. Geological Service's Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, with FWP's assistance, is working on a model to predict the spread of wildlife diseases in deer....As a transmissible virus mutates, genetic markers of those changes remain in the DNA. Wildlife researchers are studying deer genetics and these markers in the viruses that infect deer to learn how deer move regionally and statewide and where they commonly come in contact with each other over time...If successful, this study could lead to predictive models of how viral diseases might spread among deer and how fast. It may sound like science fiction, but it is happening today, thanks to advances in DNA analysis.




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