Italians have found a new form of mad cow which closely resembls the vCJD variant found in humans. Mad Cow is caused by mutant proteins called prions.
Both diseases cause literal holes to form in the brain.
"Monaco said in an interview via e-mail that he believes the incidence could be as high as 5 percent among cattle with mad cow symptoms."
Also interesting, is that scientists in Europe have studied the indcidence of vCJD for the last decade and have found no change. But, they fail to
note that bovine cow feed is a relatively recent thing and that the disease takes 10 to 20 years to develop.
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