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Scientists in the Non-Vesicular Reference Laboratory (NVRL) at the BBSRC-funded Pirbright Institute have used genetic analyses and wind modelling to show that the 2016 bluetongue outbreak in Cyprus was caused by bluetongue virus serotype 8 (BTV-8).


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Two chicken proteins that may be involved in immune regulation of cancerous cells and viral infection, named Programmed death 1 (PD-1) and Programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), have been characterised for the first time by scientists at the BBSRC-funded Pirbright Institute.