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The UK BSE Crisis and the Prion Discursive Chain in Scientific Literature

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Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Abstract

For decades transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) were obscure diseases that attracted the attention of a handful of scientists worldwide. Apart from sheep scrapie which has been endemic in UK herds for over two centuries, their incidence is extremely low. Kuru affected only the allegedly cannibalistic Fore tribe in New Guinea and is now disappearing.1 Sporadic CJD affects only one person in a million worldwide, mainly in the age category 60 and over.

Keywords

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Infectious Process Chief Medical Officer Sheep Scrapie Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Agent 
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