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Mark Billadeau

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  1. Sallie Butler has been running kelpies in NEBCA & USBCHA trials for several years.
  2. I’ve not seen and new studies in dogs. The previously posted studies indicated dogs can be infected (from infected humans or in a small virus challenge study). The dogs in the challenge study did not shed virus (were unlikely to transmit the virus to other dogs or humans).
  3. This study was performed at the Biosecurity Research Institute at KSU and it was definitely not a gain of function study; the virus was not manipulated to alter the virus. The animals were just exposed to the virus.
  4. Susceptibility of sheep to experimental co-infection with the ancestral lineage of SARS-CoV-2 and its alpha variant BioRxiv preprint 17 Nov 2021 Sheep did become infected after a direct challenge of virus (Wuhan or Wuhan plus Alpha variants); however, the sheep not challenged with virus but house with the challenged sheep did not become infected. This was a very small study, only 10 sheep.
  5. The cea test, as far as I know, has always been for the causative mutation. Go reread the statement the HEF put out on this test.
  6. I do not know if editors and reviewers of genetic journals believe if these types of genetic tests and the supporting data are worthy of being published. I (and others not in the field of genetic research) will have to trust those in the field to answer that question.
  7. No causative mutation has been found to be published.
  8. Where did you get the idea that the agreement between HEF and Lohi is nullified? When there is new information that we can share; it will be posted.
  9. There is a study out of Israel which found a 20 percentage point increase in vaccination rates correlated to a 2x reduction in infections in those who cannot be vaccinated.
  10. This study was conducted using one of our products Antibody levels predictive of Moderna's vaccine efficacy -study My employer has returned to mandatory mask use.
  11. Not new research, ongoing research running down leads towards identifying the causative mutation(s). Beyond this I am not at liberty to discuss because of the confidentiality agreement (common practice in research) established at the onset of the research.
  12. No new info, getting owners to bring in their dogs for a research study during covid has proven challenging
  13. Here is a link to the published study Investigation of diets associated with dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs using foodomics analysis
  14. Rookies are generally younger seniors being considered younger may not be that bad
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