Published in Blood Weekly, May 4th, 1998
They found that prions - the tiny mutated brain proteins that cause the brain-wasting disease - can exist undetected for long periods in animals that were thought to be resistant to the disorder.
The research raises the possibility that infected animals other than cattle could be linked to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease.
"We report results that raise concern over the possible long-term persistence of infectivity in such clinically resistant species...
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