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Implications of CJD data need to be clear before release

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7262.701 (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:701
  1. Andrew Thornett, clinical research fellow ([email protected])
  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Southampton, Southampton SO14 0YG

    EDITOR—Reports surrounding the analysis of tonsillar and appendix tissue for evidence of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)1 have highlighted the difficulty faced by scientists in presenting complex and emotive medical information to the public. Great care is needed, especially when the implications of results are uncertain.

    The discovery of prion protein in an appendix removed from a patient in Torbay in 1995 before the onset of clinical …

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