Two weeks ago, we decided to cancel New Harvest 2020
scheduled to take place this summer at the MIT Media Lab. We were bummed, but likely not as bummed as the National Pork Producers Council who was forced to cancel their World Pork Expo
for the second year in a row
due to the outbreak of disease (this year it was Covid-19, last year African Swine Flu).
The rapid succession of African Swine Flu and Covid-19 demonstrates the escalating danger of status quo modes of meat production. Industrial livestock production accelerates the evolution of pathogen virulence
and increases the opportunity for disease to leap from farmed animals to humans. Our work is more urgent than ever.
Our team is lucky to be able to work from home, and although most of our research fellows have been forced to suspend experiments for the time being, some are using their expertise to combat the spread of coronavirus.
- Ricardo is helping run qPCR tests to diagnose Covid-19 in the UK.
- Cameron's lab in Calgary is characterizing an assigned number of Covid-19 proteins as a member of the Structural Genomics Consortium in the hopes of better understanding the virus and accelerating drug development.