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Talk about timing, the day after I give the prion lecture in my virology course, this story hits the news.
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And the official response: "It's nothing to worry about...."

YEAH RIGHT
 
Interesting post. It's not clear to me how this cow came to have 'atypical BSE'. Not from meat, not inherited. How then?
 
During the cow's life it might have acquired a mutation in the prion gene, leading to misfolding; or the protein might have misfolded due to other insults.
 
+Vincent Racaniello Correct !! Whilst I'm not an academic, for personal reasons http://www.patientslikeme.com/members/view/1644 I have been following Prion research since 1999.

Formal involvement ceased in 2008 (most of my time now is spent on other interests) but this is an updated version of my last talk that I gave in Washington, DC http://www.slideshare.net/steelgraham/2007-cjdf-presentation-graham11-presentation

To me, the most important issue relating to this incident is that the animal did not enter the human food chain.

There is a group in Verona, Italy who have produced some of the most interesting Manuscripts about BASE that I've read but it took me a wee bit of time to remember their names.

This one from 2008 is one that I recall reading before:- http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003017
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