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D. Leveraging Technological Advances in Human Disease for Agricultural Studies

Narrator: This is Science Today. Researchers studying agriculture at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are able to capitalize on a lot of the technological developments used there for human diseases and biothreat risks. Lab veterinarian Pam Hullinger says they were able to leverage such technology to develop a rapid diagnostic test for foot and mouth disease and six other livestock diseases.

Hullinger: We probably wouldn't have had the money to do the whole development process had we had to do it from start to finish. But we can capitalize on the front 75 to 80% of the technological advances that's been made and then just work to develop the specific assays that we need in those systems. It really helps agriculture out.

Narrator: Their rapid diagnostic test could potentially save billions of dollars in direct costs for every hour's delay in diagnosing foot and mouth disease.

Hullinger: Some estimates here are that the diagnosis of one case here in the United States would cost us probably about ten to 16 billion dollars, just in loss of trade and initial cost to get that under control, irregardless of how big it spread.

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