Seventy years ago, humans unleashed a killer virus on rabbits. Here's how they beat it



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The European rabbit devastated crops and pastures in Australia and elsewhere.
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Seventy years ago, humans unleashed a killer virus on rabbits. Here's how they beat it

By Elizabeth PennisiFeb. 14, 2019 , 2:00 PM

Researchers have written another chapter in the textbook case of an arms race between a host and its pathogen. The main characters in this 70-year seesaw drama are the voracious European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and a virus deliberately released in France and Australia to kill off the rabbits and protect fields and pastures. Working with museum specimens collected decades ago, a team has discovered that rabbits on two continents evolved the same genetic changes to beat back the virus—before the virus itself changed and regained the upper hand.


Bron: Science Magazine | 17-02-2020

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De wildbeheereenheid is de vereniging van lokale jachthouders en jagers die uitvoering geeft aan verantwoord en duurzaam wildbeheer.