Infected brains on menu for BSE tests

JAPAN - In an unappetizing experiment, health experts will feed cattle the brains of cows infected with mad cow disease to find an early detection method for the brain-wasting disease, officials said. The National Institute of Animal Health next month will start a series of tests using live cattle to combat possible outbreaks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The forced cannibalism, which will artificially infect the healthy herbivores with BSE, is also aimed at learning how the disease develops.

Source: Asahi
calendar icon 29 April 2004
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