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January 29, 2005



I take that back: All the EU press release talks about is measuring infectivity of the goat tissue in mice. So it seems they're not judging by shape signs, but by affecting mice in a way that's less like the effect of normal scrapie prions in mice and more like mad cow prions in mice. Still, mice aren't people.


Calling what the goat has "BSE" is a little misleading. It might not be any more contagious than scrapie. Calling it BSE just means the shape of the goat prions are different than in normal scrapie and seem like the same as in cow prions, but nobody knows any of these shapes in detail or that that the traditional BSE shape is what makes cow prions so contagious.

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