Giovanni Di Guardo (He/Him)Retired Professor of General Pathology and Veterinary Pathophysiology, University of Teramo, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
- University of Teramo, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Climate change, with special emphasis on global warming, is believed to be a key driver of the accelerated rate of alien species expansion into the Mediterranean Sea basin and, more in general, into all marine and oceanic ecosystems (Zenetos and Galanidi 2020).
This is a "news story" dealing with my esteemed colleague Antonio Fernández, a world-renowned veterinary pathologist and marine mammal scientist from the Veterinary Medical School of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where he serves as a full professor of Veterinary Pathologic Anatomy.
Stranded cetaceans provide a unique opportunity for gaining insight into their increasingly threatened health and conservation. Within this framework, cetaceans could also serve as potentially useful animal models for human central nervous system (CNS) diseases (Di Guardo, 2023).
The catastrophic flood which dramatically affected last May a large area of Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy, reminds us once again of the Italian territory's intrinsic fragility.
This post refers to the very interesting, seminal article by Dr James T. Carlton and coworkers, published six years ago and dealing with an unprecedented, tsunami-driven, transoceanic spread of marine organisms following the dramatic 2011 earthquake in Eastern Japan (1).
While the SARS-CoV-2 betacoronavirus keeps undergoing mutations, thereby increasing its affinity to target cells and tissues and bypassing antiviral immunity, the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus A(H5N1) has alarmingly emerged, once again, in the global eco-epidemiological scenario.
A new SARS-CoV-2 viral receptor, "leucine-rich repeat containing protein 15" (LRRC15), has just been described by a team from the University of Sydney (Loo et al., 2023).
Although seas and oceans cover approximately 70% of our Planet, much more attention has been hitherto devoted to terrestrial ecosystems.
Following the draconian measures already put in place throughout the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, a very relaxed approach has been recently adopted by Chinese health authorities in order to stop the people's angry protests against the "zero Covid" strategy.