first_imgDr. Jonathan Epstein, vice president for science and outreach at the EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization, said he had not seen any details so far, but, “Someone would have to release the sequences soon, and the evolutionary biologists will be all over it.”On Twitter, Emma Hodcroft, a geneticist at the University of Basel, Switzerland, who is tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus, urged caution. “Don’t panic,” Dr. Hodcroft tweeted. “Scientists will update when we have more info.” Without published reports on the nature of the mutation or how the virus variant was tested, research scientists outside Denmark who study the virus were left somewhat in the dark. Dr. Stanley Perlman, a microbiologist at the University of Iowa and a specialist on the novel coronavirus, said he could not evaluate the Danish statements without more information.- Advertisement – The Danish government will slaughter millions of mink at more than 1,000 farms, citing concerns that a mutation in the novel coronavirus that has infected the mink could possibly interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine for humans.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. There are 15 million or more mink in Denmark, which is one of the world’s major exporters of mink furs. She said the armed forces would be involved in the culling of mink.- Advertisement – Kare Molbak, the head of the State Serum Institute, the government’s public health and infectious disease arm, warned at the news conference that a mutation could interfere with the effectiveness of future vaccines. The government has notified the World Health Organization of the virus mutation, and also said 12 people in its Jutland region are known to have it and that it shows a weak reaction to antibodies, according to news reports.The W. H.O. acknowledged by email that it had been “informed by Denmark of a number of persons infected with coronavirus from mink, with some genetic changes in the virus.” The W.H.O. said that Denmark was “investigating the epidemiological and virological significance of these findings, and culling the mink population. We are in touch with them to find more about this event.” In September, Dutch scientists reported in a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed that the virus was jumping between mink and humans. In Denmark, the government is describing a version of the virus that migrated from mink to humans.center_img – Advertisement – The coronavirus mutates slowly but regularly, and a different variant of the virus would not, in itself, be cause for concern, experts have said.Researchers have studied one mutation labeled D614G in the spike protein of the virus which may increase transmission. They concluded that there is no evidence so far that the particular mutation increases virulence or would affect the workings of a vaccine.Denmark had already begun killing all mink at 400 farms which were either infected, or close enough to infected farms to cause concern. The killing of all mink will wipe out the industry, perhaps for years.Mink are in the weasel family, along with ferrets, which are easily infected with the coronavirus. Ferrets appear to suffer mild symptoms. Mink, which are kept in crowded conditions ideal for spreading a virus, can become quite sick and die. Mink have been infected in other countries as well, including the Netherlands and some U.S. states. Thousands of mink were killed in Utah because of a coronavirus outbreak, but authorities there said there it did not appear that the mink transmitted the virus to humans, but the opposite.Many conservation scientists have become concerned about the spread of the virus to animal populations, like chimpanzees, which are believed to be susceptible, although cases have not been identified yet. Groups of researchers are testing bats and pets and wild animals in the United States.Researchers are also concerned about what occurs when the virus moves from one species to another and may acquire changes, or mutations. While most such changes are not likely to be a problem for humans, there is always the chance that strains of the virus could become more infectious or more virulent.Animal Protection Denmark, an advocacy group, recommended a long-term solution to the problem of mink and coronavirus: “The right decision would be to end mink farming entirely and help farmers into other occupation that does not jeopardize public health and animal welfare.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgAfter a dominating 22-point victory against Long Beach State, the Women of Troy (2-1) now set their sights on playing a much stronger and more physical opponent in the No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0).  Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.Driving in · Senior guard Jacki Gemelos led the Women of Troy with 14 points against Long Beach State last weekend. USC is currently 2-0. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan With the Bulldogs featuring a  high-powered offense similar to  Duke’s — who beat USC by 25 points last Monday in North Carolina — the Women of Troy expect the same type of game, but believe they’ll be ready to play.“It’s going to be a similar game like Duke was,” said senior guard Jacki Gemelos. “They’re going to have big, physical girls, but we’re going to have to toughen up and [play].”After a balanced scoring effort against the 49ers, the coaching staff was very pleased with the way the offense performed on Sunday.“When players get more accustomed to what we’re trying to do, we look at sharing the basketball,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “When you share the basketball, everyone’s having fun and working hard for one another.”Though the Women of Troy employed a different starting lineup against the 49ers, the players still managed to make things work both offensively and defensively.The Bulldogs are coached by Andy Landers, who is in his 32nd season at Georgia.  They are led by sophomore guard Jasmine James (13.7 points per game) and senior forward Porsha Phillips (11.7 ppg, 10.7 rebounds per game).Besides those two players, there are other contributors in their frontcourt, including sophomore forwards Jasmine Hassell and Tamika Willis.With such a big frontline, the Bulldogs have managed to outrebound their opponents by 16 rebounds per game this year.“We match up well with them, but they’re a very good athletic team,” Cooper said.  “We have our work cut for us.”One area the coaching staff still emphasizes to the Women of Troy is rebounding and tonight won’t be any different.“No rebounds — no rings,” Cooper said.  “If you want to compete with the elite teams, you’re going to have to [rebound].”With such a strong non-conference schedule to begin the season, the Women of Troy have already been tested this year.But with each practice, the team believes it will continue to get better as long as its hard work and effort translates to the game.“It starts in practice every day,” Gemelos said.  “If we practice like we have been, it should definitely carry into the game.”last_img read more

first_img Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas is “gearing up for a big 2019 of golf” after the successful introduction of new Kambi powered betting markets at last month’s Ryder Cup in France.The mobile gametech group launched a variety of markets for featured matches at the biennial golf contest – won by Thomas Bjorn’s European team by a 17½ – 10½ scoreline, including ‘hit the fairway’, ‘find a bunker’, ‘land in a water hazard’ and ‘nearest to the pin’.In a week characterised by the Americans’ comparative errancy off the tee, the ‘hit the fairway’ came out as the most popular of these new markets, but there was also significant interest in the hazard-based markets on the water-laden Le Golf National course.Traditionally, the sport has been quite limited to a set of outright markets, but as soon as Europe took charge of the match with a clean sweep in Friday’s foursomes, many of these markets would have become quite unattractive to the players. Providing these additional betting markets helps an operator such as LeoVegas to maintain interest right up until the last shot.Therefore, it was quite fitting that US veteran Phil Mickelson, who endured a nightmare 12th Ryder Cup outing, ceded the point that confirmed European victory by finding water on the 16th hole.The success of these new ‘shot by shot’ markets means they will now become a feature of LeoVegas’ enhanced golf coverage, which has grown by more than 100% year-on-year leading into 2019, a year in which Tiger Woods will resume his quest to better Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.Bradley Callus, Sports Manager for Growth Markets at LeoVegas, said: “LeoVegas is gearing up for a big 2019 of golf. It should be a great year for the sport, with Tiger back on the prowl, and already installed as one of the big favourites to win the US Masters at Augusta in April.”A spokesperson for Kambi added: “Our extended in-play markets for the Ryder Cup were a huge success for LeoVegas, as well as other operators on the Kambi network. Our shot-by-shot markets offered bettors relevant bets at moments that mattered, and enhanced the overall viewing experience.“For instance, bettors could see golfers were struggling with the water hazards and, as a result, we saw increased betting action on players to find the water as the tournament wore on. Additionally, as Europe took hold of the competition, the shot-by-shot markets gave in-play bettors interesting markets to bet on when they may otherwise have not bet at all.“It’s the relevant betting opportunities we bring to a wide range of sports, from next occurrence in football, to outcome of current drive in American football, and next field goal – two or three points in basketball, that drives engagement and delivers additional turnover for our customers.”These shot by shot markets will also be available when Tiger Woods takes on Phil Mickelson in a $9 million winner takes all match at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas on 23 November.last_img read more