bovine spongiform encephalopathy

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bovine spongiform encephalopathy:

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, abnormal form of a protein found in mammals, believed to cause a group of diseases known as prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Well-known prion diseases are Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and kuru in humans, scrapie in sheep, bovine
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Two research scientists at King's College, London, have announced that bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease," is not caused by infectious prions.
Carleton Gajdusek, another Nobel laureate, about whose work we wrote in the September Medical Update, has devoted most of his professional life to the study of such diseases as kuru in humans, scrapie in sheep, and the most recent infection attributed to priors, bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE), or "mad cow disease.
The beef mountain is growing because people are still afraid that homegrown meat is tainted with bovine spongiform encephalitis (mad cow disease).

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