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‘Euthanasia is a dignified end’

Performing gentle humane euthanasia is a defining experience for a small animal vet and is the source of the most heartwarming feedback from clients, wrote BVA past president Robin Hargreaves (pictured) in a letter to The Guardian last week.

His letter was a response to an article by journalist Chas Newkey-Burde entitled ‘How can we say we love our pets when we treat them so badly?’. In it, Newkey-Burde discussed circuses with wild animals, soaring demand for popular dog breeds and euthanasia for convenience rather than a medical reason.

Gene-edited chicken cells resist bird flu virus in the lab

Scientists have used gene-editing techniques to stop the bird flu virus from spreading in chicken cells grown in the lab, raising the possibility of producing gene-edited chickens that are resistant to the disease.

Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute were able to prevent the virus from taking hold by …

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