I guess this could be seen as a positive report on CWD. If this works as they hope they will be able to test much more quickly and actually on live animals without the need to kill them all just to find out if hey have it or not. Could have saved all that guys deer back east if this was already available.
I didn't know one asian country was positive for the disease as well. I knew about all the states and Canada but that was all.
I would take development of a more rapid testing method with higher sensitivity to be good news. Although it does seem like progress on understanding this disease, especially it's trasmission pathways, is painfully slow. I suppose that's research sometimes and we shouldn't criticize the efforts being made. This disease, in particular, is very complex and difficult to develop good study models which adds greatly to the time needed to find answers to seemingly straightforward questions like "how does it move from animal to animal?"
Good to see some progress with the testing methods.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...