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In a recent study, scientists found a correlation between limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and a mutation in the sarcoglycan A subunit gene (SGCA) in miniature dachshunds. Muscular dystrophies (MD) are hereditary degenerative diseases. Scientists know that mutations in the dystrophin gene (DMD) in humans result in either the milder Becker type MD, or the more severe Duchenne type MD.

According to a recent study, understanding how livestock moves between pastoral communities can inform more effective infectious disease control strategies that target villages instead of individual households. Rotating livestock to distant grazeable areas is crucial in dry areas, such as Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem whose dynamics are influenced by the Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR). However, with each move comes a greater risk of infectious diseases jumping between herds.

Many people living in an emerging infectious disease hotspot often do not fully understand the health threats linked to living in a wildlife-rich area, according to a new study. Around 60 percent of all emerging infectious diseases can transfer across human and animal lines, which is known as zoonosis. A person’s risk of catching a zoonotic disease increases in situations where humans regularly interact with wildlife, and these interactions are on the rise as climate change forces humans further into wild habitats in search of resources.

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