29 March 2001
Study links scrapie to type of CJD
By FWi staff
NEW research supports the theory that a form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may be caused by eating sheepmeat infected with scrapie, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Most scientists believe that sporadic CJD is occurs naturally in humans when a prion protein deforms.
But according to research by the French Atomic Energy published in New Scientist one scrapie strain caused the same damage as sporadic CJD in mice.
It is widely believed that another form of the disease, variant CJD, is linked to BSE in cattle.
- Cheese warning in US mad sheep scare, FWi, 19 July, 2000
- Sheep face tighter BSE controls, FWi, 19 July, 2000
- The Daily Telegraph, 29 March, 2001, page 8