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Protein Test Favors BSE-CJD Link

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Science  01 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5288, pp. 721
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5288.721


London—British scientists have published the first experimental evidence of biochemical similarities between recent anomalous cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cows, mice, and other animals. The new work strengthens the case that beef infected with BSE, or “mad cow disease,” is the cause of this new variant of CJD, but scientists do not think the case has been proved yet. Medicine