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‘Mad Cow’: Science Beats Scares

In a landmark finding, “mad cow disease and the illness thought to be its human equivalent may not be linked after all,” Reuters reports. Writing in The British Medical Journal, Dr. George Venters says that any link between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) — “mad cow” — and new variant Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (nvCJD) in humans is questionable. If the diseases were the same, he notes, the number of human cases would be much higher.

Anti-consumer-choice fanatics have tried to link BSE and CJD in the public mind, but Venters writes that nvCJD may be no different than the original CJD discovered nearly a century ago — an ailment that has no connection to “mad cow.” It’s not likely this will stop the anti-meat posse from continuing their campaign of deception against beef — detailed in our report “Mad Cow: A New American Scare Campaign.”

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