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Elephant VaccineWHO:  Paul Ling, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, along with the veterinary and elephant care teams at the Houston Zoo.

WHAT: A new vaccine for elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV), a devastating viral disease that can swiftly kill young elephants, often just one to five days after symptoms start showing.WHY IT’S SO GREAT: It’s been fifteen years since Baylor professor Paul Ling, a virologist who specializes in the human herpes virus, got involved in the project to treat and prevent EEHV. It all started with Mac, a two-year-old Asian elephant who died from the condition at the Houston Zoo in 2008. The disease, which can result in severe hemorrhaging and is fatal as often as 80 percent of the time, is the leading cause of…

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