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 In September, Dutch scientists reported in a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed that the virus was jumping between mink and humans.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_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Oyinlomo Quadre claimed her second ITF Junior title of the season at the weekend as she cruised past Vipasha Mehra of India 6-2, 6-1 in the final.The Nigerian prime seed produced a powerful performance as she established a comfortable lead all through the match to highlight her remarkable form heading to the end of the season.Quadre took control of the early exchanges with some outstanding play, leaving Mehra, who had been invincible, by not losing any set in the week-long tournament, looking short of ideas against the reigning Central Bank of Nigeria Open champion.Mehra, the 2nd seed, had put together an astonishing 25-3 win-loss record this year and was bidding for her fourth title in her fifth final on the circuit this season, but couldn’t get to grips with Quadre’s flawless display.It has been a remarkable campaign for Quadre, who claimed the doubles title on Friday, with her partner, Yasmin Ezzat of Egypt, and has now capped it off with the singles crown.Meanwhile, in the boys’ singles final, Abayomi Philips fell in straight sets to home favourite and top seed, Sylvester Monnou.In his third final in a space of a month, Philips, who was targeting his second title on the circuit this year after his triumph in Accra last month, was defeated 6-1, 6-2, with Monnou proving too much for the 17-year-old on home soil.Tags: Oyinlola Quadrelast_img read more

first_img Comments Through two games in the 2018 season Syracuse (2-0) has scored 117 points. The Orange has averaged 274.5 yards of rushing offense, ranking them 23rd in the nation.But this Saturday Syracuse opens Atlantic Coast Conference play with Florida State (1-1). The Seminoles lost 24-3 at home against Virginia Tech on opening weekend.“Florida State you get excited for a game like that,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said at Monday’s press conference. “You’re like ‘Hey, yeah, we’re coming off two big wins.’ And then you go to the tape, you go, ‘wow. These guys are good. They are really, really talented.’”In six of the last seven seasons, FSU has finished with more than 10 wins and were ACC champions in three of them. The last time the Seminoles came to the Carrier Dome they trounced the Orange 45-14.“This is a big guy that’s coming in,” Babers said of FSU. “He’s a big guy in school and you’re not as big him, we have to see how we do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers had high praise for both his receiving group and the special teams unit at Monday’s press conference. He highlighted that several new faces at receiver “made some plays.” Sean Riley, Taj Harris and Nykeim Johnson all caught their first touchdowns of the season against Wagner. Riley led the group with six receptions.The junior receiver also provided a brief spark late in the game with a 25-yard punt return. Earlier in the game redshirt senior Antwan Cordy split the punt coverage for 34 yards to accompany a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown.“When it comes to special teams, I really believe that might the best unit on the entire football team right now,” Babers said. “You go back to what we’ve been doing on the punt return game with Cordy, the kick return game with Sean, the upbacks doing a nice job versus Western Michigan.”“And then you can’t leave out…” Babers paused before knocking on the wooden podium. “ I don’t even want to say his name because I don’t want to jinx him.”The unmentioned name, walk-on kicker Andre Szmyt, made all four of his field goal attempts this season including a 50-yarder against Wagner.Other notes from Monday’s press conference:● Babers plans to keep rotating the offensive line at different positions. “We may lose a little (by rotating players in and out of the game), but I think what we gain by keeping them fresh is an advantage compared to leaving them in there tired.”● When asked about the significance of a game against FSU to lure fans back into the Carrier Dome Babers did say it was “too deep of a question,” and stressed it’s a game against a “really good opponent.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more