prions. cheese. mad cow disease. milk.

Larry Farrell farrlarr at
Tue Jan 6 19:20:57 EST 2004

Don Saklad wrote:

> a. Theoretically, could the prions of mad cow disease get into cheese?...
> b. Or why not?...
>    What is it about making cheese that takes care of any prions of mad cow
>    disease?...
> c. How about milk ?...

Since prions occur only in nerve tissue, specifically in the central nervous
system, there is no way for them to get into the milk in the first place so
cheese making is not an issue.

Larry D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Idaho State University

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