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2008-12-19 14:50:52

Global health officials are investigating a strain of the Ebola virus found in dead pigs in the Philippines. The Reston strain had previously only been seen in monkeys, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Peter Cordingley, a spokesman for the World Health Organization's office in Manila, said it is unclear whether the virus holds any risk to human, the newspaper said. When a virus jumps species, in this case from monkeys to pigs, we become concerned, particularly as pigs are much closer...

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2008-12-16 13:40:16

Human and veterinary medicine could receive a big boost through use of larger animals, especially pigs and dogs, in research, with Europe at the forefront. There is the prospect of bringing drugs to the market more quickly at less cost, as well as accelerating progress in other forms of therapy, notably the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine. The potential in this new field was discussed at a recent workshop organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF), which called for a...

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2007-05-10 17:14:57

AMES, Iowa -- A new study is raising questions about the effectiveness of small, metal crates for pregnant pigs that animal welfare groups say are cruel and inhumane. Researchers from Iowa State University found that allowing pregnant pigs to move freely in group housing structures called hoop barns could be less costly and just as productive as the narrow, individual crates. "What we found was that there appears to be no real difference in pig performance between the two," said Peter...

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2006-05-01 07:35:00

AMES, Iowa -- Max Rothschild has been trying to "build" a better pig for almost 30 years, since he took a job cleaning up after the hogs at his alma mater, the University of California, Davis. He's now a renowned swine scientist who has traded the dirty pigpens of his undergraduate days for a glistening Iowa State University laboratory dedicated to producing tastier chops, safer pork and healthier pigs. Rothschild is part of a national collaboration that earlier this year received a $10...

2006-02-16 05:27:36

By Sophie Hardach SAN SICARIO, Italy (Reuters) - Austrian Alpine skier Nicole Hosp is banking on a pig to bring her luck during the Winter Olympics and she is looking forward to eating it after the season. Hosp's sister, Sonja, gave her the pig late last year as a lucky charm, and the animal is leading a peaceful existence in a sty near her village of Bichlbach. Not for long. Asked whether she will turn the pig into roast pork after the Olympics, Hosp said: "No, only once the...

2005-11-28 01:02:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia has more feral pigs than people and exotic pests cost the economy more than A$700 million a year, damaging farms and the environment, a government report says. The 18-month inquiry found feral pigs, wild dogs, cats and rabbits were the most destructive pests in Australia, causing havoc for farmers, although feral deer, camels, foxes and horses also posed significant problems. "It is time to take control of this pressing problem facing Australian...

2005-11-28 01:00:00

CANBERRA -- Australia has more feral pigs than people and exotic pests cost the economy more than A$700 million a year, damaging farms and the environment, a government report says. The 18-month inquiry found feral pigs, wild dogs, cats and rabbits were the most destructive pests in Australia, causing havoc for farmers, although feral deer, camels, foxes and horses also posed significant problems. "It is time to take control of this pressing problem facing Australian farmers," inquiry...

2005-09-08 07:25:00

By Tiffany Wu HSINCHU COUNTY, Taiwan (Reuters) - Outside a dumpling store in Beipu village, an enormous black swine dubbed "god pig" lolls on a mound of sand, immobile except for the occasional grunt and twitch of the snout. Weighing a colossal 1,819 pounds, the male pig measured nearly 6 feet 7 inches from nose to tail, with its black eyes and charcoal-gray face barely discernible under the rolls of fat that distorted its hairy body. Its masters and their friends perched on stools nearby,...

2005-08-10 09:20:10

By Lucy Hornby LONGQUAN, China (Reuters) - Three young pigs look up drowsily from a spotless sty as Chen Chunfu, tobacco pipe in hand, works out in his head their price three months from now. They'll need to gain a 100 more pounds before they can be sold, each pound helping to put his 15-year-old son through school. "I can't afford to lose money on them," Chen said from his spartan home in Peach Blossom Ravine in China's second-most populous province of Sichuan where a deadly bacteria has...

2005-07-30 05:17:22

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - Sichuan province in southwestern China has launched a campaign to educate poor, illiterate farmers not to slaughter sick pigs or eat their meat after an outbreak of swine flu hit about 100 villages and killed at least 32 people. Sichuan, the country's top pork-producing province, has been forced to suspend all exports of chilled and frozen pork from Ziyang city and surrounding Neijiang prefecture to Hong Kong, where there have been 10 infections...


Latest Pig Reference Libraries

Göttingen Minipig
2014-08-13 12:00:03

The Göttingen minipig, also known as the Göttinger, is a domestic breed of miniature pig that was developed in Europe for the purpose of biomedical research. Using pigs in medical research has been popular for centuries, as they show many similarities to the human anatomy. This breed of pig was developed by crossing the Vietnamese potbelly pig with the Minnesota minipig and was later crossed with the German landrace breed to give it a pink or white skin color. It was made available to...

Iberian Pig
2014-08-13 11:40:37

The Iberian pig, also known as the black Iberian pig, is a breed of domestic pig that originated on the Iberian Peninsula in areas including Spain and Portugal. It is thought that this breed can be traced back to the Neolithic era, when animal domestication first began, but the most accepted theory pertaining to the origin of this breed states that domesticated pigs were brought over by the Phoenicians and allowed to breed with wild boars, producing what is thought to be the ancestors of the...

Auckland Island Pig
2014-08-07 11:44:58

The Auckland Island pig is a breed of feral pig that resides on Auckland Island in New Zealand. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, domestic pigs were released onto many sub-Antarctic islands, including Auckland Island, by Europeans who wanted stranded sailors or whalers to have a steady supply of food when visiting these uninhabited islands. This process began in 1807 and after several other releases occurring between 1840 and the 1890’s, the pigs began to establish a healthy...

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