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Vaccine for Deer Against ‘Mad Cow’-Like Illness Shows Promise

A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to “mad cow disease” in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report. The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue.

Read more at Doctor’s Lounge.

Cattle could Protect Butterflies, Conserve Prairies

Butterflies, cattle, and the military may seem like unlikely bedfellows, but for native prairies — some of the most threatened habitats in the world — the trio are closely connected. Scientists at Washington State University, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Center for Natural Lands Management, have established a study in order to see how “working landscapes” might support habitat conservation goals.

Read more at AgWeb.