UK farmed vs feral goats
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 13 March 2009 20:52
Kelly Ryan and Wilfred Goldmann of the Roslin Institute UK (Partner 3) have contributed a popular written article regarding feral goats.
During their genetic survey of the UK goat population they were in 2008 fortunate to receive some tissue samples from feral goats from the north west of Scotland. This has given them the rare opportunity to compare the genetics of farmed goats to feral goats. They study the prion gene for resistance to prion diseases such as scrapie. Any differences between the farmed and feral goats with regard to this gene could provide insight into the selection of gene variation. 
Two scientific papers (Acutis et al)
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008 00:00

Two papers by partner 7 (Acutis et al) of our project. One about the genetic differences between genotypes in Northern and Southern of Italy and one paper describing the Nor98 like scrapie in goats related to 154H:

Genetic variability of the PRNP gene in goat breeds from Northern and Southern Italy.
J Appl Microbiol. 2008 Jun;104(6):1782-9.

Histidine at codon 154 of the prion protein gene is a risk factor for Nor98 scrapie in goats.
J Gen Virol. 2008 Dec;89(Pt 12):3173-6

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Upcoming annual project meeting
Written by Alex Bossers   
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 12:36

December 12-13 we will have our annual consortium meeting to prepare the 2nd annual report. The meeting will be held in Zaragoza. The first day the full consortium meets and presents their data while the second day the Project Management Team will meet to discuss overall progress.

The Executive summary of the report will be made available here as soon as it is complete.


Scientific paper from the project (Barillet et al)
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 15 February 2009 19:34

A paper is out by partner 2 (Barillet et al) of our project in the Journal of General Virology and its about the association of several genetic PrP variants of goats for scrapie:

Identification of seven haplotypes of the caprine PrP gene at codons 127, 142, 154, 211, 222 and 240 in French Alpine and Saanen breeds and their association with classical scrapie.
Journal of General Virology 2009 90: 769-776.

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Website up and running again
Written by Alex Bossers   
Monday, 03 November 2008 12:31

Yes after way too long the public website is finally open again for the general and scientific public. The site still needs some filling of specific categories but this will be done as soon as possible. The most of the basic information is up and running again.

We intent to update the site regularly, but do not expect this to happen daily. For your convenience you can use the RSS feed at the bottem of this page to get notifications on news/updates of the site. At least we will try to post the yearly updates on the progress reports, any flyers or media content we produce as well as relevant information to and from the identified stakeholders. Enjoy!


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