An infectious disease of poultry caused by a herpesvirus that attacks nerves and causes paralysis or initiates widespread tumor formation.
- ARS researchers discovered that a herpes virus caused Marek's disease in poultry.
- In an advance that could usher in new vaccines for protecting poultry, Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genetic code of the chicken herpesvirus that causes Marek's disease.
- ‘The final step, after the maps are made and all the genes are sequenced, is to identify genes that influence the trait you're looking for - in this case resistance to Marek's disease,’ says Cheng.
1960s: named after Josef Marek (died 1952), Hungarian veterinary surgeon.
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Syllabification: Ma·rek's dis·ease
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