USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., that evaluated a new vaccine to protect again two important diseases. The project is part of the association's comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY's website. The project summary is as follows:

Project #676: Biological Characterization of a Serotype 1 Marek's Disease Virus-vectored Bi-valent Vaccine for Infectious Laryngotracheitis and Marek's Disease

(Dr. Isabel Gimeno, Dr. James Guy, Dr. Robert Silva and Dr. Henry Hunt; North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.)


The research project, led by Dr. Isabel Gimeno and Dr. James Guy at North Carolina State University, evaluated a new vaccine candidate which could be valuable for protecting chickens against both Marek's disease and infectious laryngotracheitis. The new recombinant vaccine is a Marek's disease virus into which genes of infectious laryngotracheitis virus have been inserted. The new vaccine shows potential advantages over existing vaccines. The results open a new avenue in the development of recombinant vaccines for use in poultry.