RobertImig_111607 - Robert Imig Prof. Hess 11/16/07 Mad Cow...

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Robert Imig Prof. Hess 11/16/07 Mad Cow Disease Mad cow disease could be the largest epidemic that the animal species has seen. But, mad cow disease is hurting more than just animals it is actually killing humans as well. “Mad Cow disease is caused by unconventional pathogens called prions”, which are infectious proteins that can get inside of the animal. (Greger 1) “The leading theory as to how cows got Mad Cow disease in the first place is by eating diseased sheep infected with a sheep spongiform encephalopathy called scrapie.” (Greger 1) The problem starts when these prions enter the human body. It can cause “Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a human spongiform encephalopathy whose clinical picture can involve weekly deterioration into blindness and epilepsy as one's brain becomes riddled with tiny holes.” (Greger 1) The popular belief of the cause of mad cow disease used to be that it was transmitted through contact with other animals which were infected. A man by the name of Mark Purdey, investigated this hypothesis after
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course STSH 1110 taught by Professor Hess during the Fall '07 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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