Variant of Mad Cow Disease Appears to Be Much More Virulent Than Classical Form
Source of Article: http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/547058/
Newswise — An atypical prion strain of mad cow disease, also called bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BS, is more virulent than the classical strain, according to a researcher who spoke Nov. 14 at Kansas State University.
Qingzhong Kong from
The symposium drew nearly 150 researchers from Europe, Asia, North America
The symposium commemorated the opening of Juergen Richt's laboratory at K-State. Richt is the Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology and Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar.
In September, Richt and colleague Mark Hall of
the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in
In Kong's presentation, he also addressed chronic wasting disease. He said research with humanized transgenic mouse models has shown no transmission of the prevailing chronic wasting disease prion strain, but further research is needed to fully evaluate the diversity of chronic wasting diseases and their public health risks.
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