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New Recruits for French Prion Research

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Science  01 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5497, pp. 1671
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5497.1671a

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PARIS-- As panic over "mad cow disease" engulfs France and threatens to spread to other countries in Western Europe, French research minister Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg last week unveiled detailed plans for spending $27 million the government has earmarked for prion disease research in 2001. Next year's budget for studying prions--infectious, abnormal proteins linked to bovine spongiform encephalopathy and its human form, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease--will triple France's current prion research spending.