An udder success

April 18, 1997

(Photograph) - An udder success: scientists at Liverpool University's veterinary school have joined with a local business in a bid to eradicate a parasite responsible for abortions in cows. One in ten aborted calves has the parasite Neospora sp, which, when passed from mother to foetus, can lead to abortion or brain damage. A simple blood test designed at the university means farmers can test herds before pregnancy occurs.

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