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Scientists mistakenly study bovine instead of sheep tissue

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7319.954/a (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:954
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    A five year project to detect the presence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in sheep could have been ruined by a labelling error in the laboratory, which meant researchers mistakenly experimented with cow brain tissue instead.

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has ordered an independent audit of the £217 000 ($325 500) project, which was carried out by the Edinburgh based Institute for Animal Health. Results should be known within two weeks. It has also ordered an audit into the government's Veterinary Laboratories …

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