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Our Planet, Our Health

A consortium brought together by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has received a major award from the Wellcome Trust as part of their Our Planet Our Health programme.

The project will look at the consequences of the global increase in the consumption of meat, dairy and other animal-sourced foods and how it affects the environment and human health. It will focus on how to achieve changes towards more sustainable and healthy diets.

Predicting the spread of yellow fever in central Africa

Since late 2015, an epidemic of yellow fever in the central African countries of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has affected more than 7,000 people, causing almost 400 deaths.

An international team of researchers led by epidemiologists at Oxford University and Institut Pasteur has sought to better understand the spread of this outbreak, with the aim of making more efficient use of the limited vaccine stocks available.

'Good bacteria' make diseases less deadly

In a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications, Oxford DPhil student Suzanne Ford from the Department of Zoology shows how the use of ‘good bacteria’ – or defensive microbes – could help fight diseases.

Fair-weather badgers: how appearances can be deceptive in climate change ecology

In a guest post for Science Blog, Dr Chris Newman, Dr Mike Noonan and Dr Christina Buesching from Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) (directed by Professor David Macdonald) write about their latest research into the ecology of climate change – that is, how changing weather conditions affect the abundance and distribution of animal and plant species.

Read the article : http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog/fair-weather-badgers-how-appearanc...

Retroviruses 'almost half a billion years old'

Retroviruses – the family of viruses that includes HIV – are almost half a billion years old, according to new research by scientists at Oxford University. That's several hundred million years older than previously thought and suggests retroviruses have ancient marine origins, having been with their animal hosts through the evolutionary transition from sea to land.

Read the article: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-01-10-retroviruses-almost-half-billion-yea...