The MycoSynVac project is a 5 year research programme funded through Horizon 2020 and co-ordinated at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Spain. Now entering its 4th year it has been looking at Mycoplasmas and the infections caused by them in the livestock industry.

Their inherent resistance to common antibiotics, due to the lack of a cell wall, means that every year Europe and the USA are losing millions of Euros due to infections caused by Mycoplasmas in poultry, cows and pigs. As there are very few vaccinations against Mycoplasma species infecting pets, humans and farm animals their hope is that the commercialisation of the research will lead to Europe maintaining its position as a world leader in the field whilst taking care of the ethical issues surrounding the needs of the livestock industry.

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