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Scientists discover the prion for BSE in urine

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:11
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    A urine test can detect the prion that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in animals and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, according to Jerusalem researchers who are developing a commercial kit for this purpose. Infected animals and humans can be identified even when asymptomatic.

    The test might make it possible to save unaffected cows from slaughter when some in a herd have been found to be infected. In addition, it might be possible to identify carriers of the human variant and prevent them from donating blood, while other people could give blood even if they spent time in affected …

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