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A recent study is among the first to identify genes that may lead to immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), a life-threatening autoimmune disorder. IMHA results in the immune system attacking circulating red blood cells, inhibiting their ability to deliver oxygen around the body. The disease also causes blood clots, which can be lethal as well. IMHA occurs naturally in both dogs and humans but is more prevalent in dogs, and scientists are still searching for the disease’s root cause. Dogs offer a naturally-occurring model for advancing the outcomes of human patients with IMHA.

While honey bees get Deformed wing virus (DWV) from a parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, the presence of the parasite is not a likely factor in increasing the spread of the disease for other insects, according to a recent study. Varroa destructor has spread DWV to honey bee colonies around the globe, contributing to large-scale colony loss for beekeepers. DWV can be found in many species of insects and spills from honey bees into both closely-related and other insects.

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