Mad Cow Mystery

Health, July-Aug. 1996
Since the late '80s the British government had been telling its citizens that bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or "mad cow disease," posed no danger to humans. Then a group of young Britons were diagnosed with CJD, a neurological condition very similar to the ailment afflicting cattle, and scientists in Scotland published evidence indicating that beef from infected cows might be the cause. The research triggered an international uproar. To my knowledge, I was the first U.S. reporter to interview the pathologists about the findings at their laboratory in Edinburgh.

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Mad Cow Disease