When the bluetongue virus infects a herd of sheep, goats or cows, only some of the infected animals get sick and die. Understanding why could help farmers deal with the disease more effectively.
Massimo Palmarini is Director of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. He has a Wellcome Investigator Award to investigate bluetongue virus. Understanding an animal infection like bluetongue could help us tackle related viruses, like Zika and chikungunya, that infect people.
Watch Massimo explain the connections between human and animal health.
This video is part of our 2017 Advancing Ideas series, celebrating the work of our researchers. For more, see our playlist on the videos page or https://wellcome.ac.uk/…/10-ideas-we-fund-might-surprise-yo…