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First U.S. Case of Mad Cow Sharpens Debate Over Testing

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Science  09 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5655, pp. 156-157
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5655.156

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TOKYO-- The first documented case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the United States has created a groundswell for a broader testing regimen. But many scientists say that testing all slaughtered cows, as is done in Japan, may not be the best way to ensure that U.S. beef is safe from mad cow disease.