Gene variation may play role in mad cow disease, study says

09/15/2008 | Yahoo!

A U.S. study of an Alabama cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, showed a genetic mutation identical to the prion-gene alteration that causes certain cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a brain-wasting condition in humans. The finding indicates that BSE can be prevented in cattle by targeting the gene mutation that causes the illness, one of the researchers said.

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