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on December 11, 2014

Molecular technology can identify IB strains

Advances make it possible to tailor a vaccine program to control infectious bronchitis

Advances in molecular technology now make it possible to pinpoint the strains of infectious bronchitis (IB) affecting poultry flocks and to tailor a vaccine program that can more effectively control the disease.  By comparing sequences of commercial infectious bronchitis (IB) vaccine strains to those in the field, it is possible to determine if an IB field strain is identical to a vaccine IB strain or different in a defined way.

Register at to attend “Using PCR analysis to identify the predominant IB strain,” a webinar sponsored by MSD Animal Health and presented by WATT Global Media. The webinar will broadcast on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 9 a.m.

By attending this webinar, you will learn:

  • How PCR analysis (genetic analysis) helps identify variants
  • How to identify the "vaccine strain"
  • The persistency of 4/91
  • Local/region IB variants

The speaker for this webinar will be Dr. Richard Currie, veterinarian and co-founder of x-OvO.

Currie is a veterinary graduate of Edinburgh University with a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology. He began his poultry career with Aviagen as the veterinarian in charge of the pedigree program. Currie moved to Fort Dodge Animal Health as director of poultry, prior to co-founding x-OvO in 2007. x-OvO is a specialist diagnostics organization, marketing a complete line of serological tests, plus diagnostic antigens and sera.

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