David Mark dmark at acsu.Buffalo.EDU
Mon Feb 26 20:18:08 EST 1990

In article <1990Feb26.215335.7503 at> ferguson at (Jon Ferguson) writes:
>Does anyone have any current information on the status of hypotheses about 
the nature of the agent causing scrapie (a disease of sheep and goats) or 
related diseases (Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, kuru, mink encephalopathy)?

There was a neat recent article in Science, 2 Feb 1990 (v. 247, p. 523)
"Virus-Lake Agent Blamed for Mad Cow Disease", by Jeremy Cherfas.  The 
conjecture was that 'scrapie' was being spread to cattle because sheep 'unfit 
for human consumption' sometimes end up in the meat and bone meals fed
to recently-weaned calves.  It is a 1-page article.

David Mark
dmark at

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