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Minister defends government spending on vCJD research

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3052 (Published 01 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3052
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government is spending “proportionate” amounts of money on research into variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) and ways of detecting the potentially fatal disease, MPs have heard.

Jane Ellison, the public health minister, and Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, defended the government’s record on tackling the disease at an evidence session of the House of Commons science and technology committee on 30 April.

The disease, sometimes called the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), emerged after widespread exposure of the UK population to BSE prions in the late 1980s and early 1990s through contaminated meat products in the food chain.

A study published in The BMJ last year1 estimated that …

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