For decades, the swine industry has been battling a virus that affects sows and their young, and a team of researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is on the front lines.
In 1987, pork producers first noticed a disease that causes reproductive failure in sows and respiratory diseases in piglets. Scientists later identified the cause: an emerging virus now known as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, has been working to improve vaccines against the swine disease since the 1990s. Continue reading