July 01, 2010
New legislation aims to strengthen regulations, close Internet loophole
By R. Scott Nolen Posted June 18, 2010 A University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine professor was sanctioned after officials determined unauthorized recombinant DNA research with select agents had been conducted in the laboratory he oversaw. Following a series of investigations spanning more than a year and a half, the university concluded Dr. Gary A. Splitter either knew of, or participated in, restricted research encoding antibiotic-resistant genes into Brucella melitensis , a bacterium the government considers a serious threat to human and animal health. University Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. wrote Dr. Splitter on Jan. 29, informing the professor of animal health and biomedical sciences that his laboratory and research ...
Federal regulatory changes by the Department of Education, which go into effect July 1, are having an impact on how accrediting bodies, including the AVMA Council on Education, conduct business.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council issued a statement in late May noting that reports of resistance appear to be coming from cases of heartworm infection involving dogs in the south-central United States.