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A novel meeting of the minds at the zoo


Narrator:            This is Science Today. Understanding the diseases and disorders that affect both humans and animals can lead to better treatment for all. That's why hundreds of physicians, veterinarians, and medical students, got together at the Los Angeles Zoo recently for a conference to discuss health care and how they may learn from one another. Dr. Cheryl Scott of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, was one of the coordinators of this novel meeting of the minds.

Scott:                  The conversation hasn't happened previously, I think, because over the years — especially the last century, we've siloed ourselves...we kind of sequestered ourselves in different areas. We've gotten humans, specialties and they're kind of sequestered there and those of us who are veterinarians are kind of sequestered in our animal domains and we've kind of just been splitting away in many good ways that brings out specialties and really enhanced focus on small esoteric problems with our species. But I think it's time that we come together with our global problems and look at how we're a unit again.

Narrator:            For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.