Search is on for CJD blood test

19 August 1998

Search is on for CJD blood test

GOVERNMENT officials are to spend £500,000 to develop a test to screen blood for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

The research will be conducted by the Public Health Laboratory service in Leeds and headed by Dr Stephen Dealler, who has heavily criticised the previous Governments attitude towards the BSE crisis.

Experts will work with scientists from biotechnology company Proteus which has developed a diagnostic test currently used in Ireland to test beef for BSE.

The test uses antibodies to identify the modified “rogue” prion protein believed to cause CJD, BSE and other related diseases such as scrapie in sheep.

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