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Originally posted by nlouise
They were eating humans in the movie 'Soilent Green' also.
Originally posted by Dragon33
That's really interesting.
Did they say how it is that many tribal people have eaten human flesh for many centuries, yet did not have mad human disease nor were they insane?
Sounds to me more like scare mongering...
Not that I've ever had 'fillet la human"
Sagawa was found legally insane and deported back to Japan, where he was put in a mental institution. However, as a result of mishandled paperwork, Sagawa was able to check himself out of the mental institution after 15 months and has been a free man ever since.
In 2007, he was found guilty of seven murders but is believed to be responsible for 50-100 deaths. He has since been released from a mental institution and is a free man living in Eastern Europe.
The infectious agent in BSE is believed to be a specific type of misfolded protein called a prion. Those prion proteins carry the disease between individuals and cause deterioration of the brain. BSE is a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). TSEs can arise in animals that carry an allele which causes previously normal protein molecules to contort by themselves from an alpha helical arrangement to a beta pleated sheet, which is the disease-causing shape for the particular protein. Transmission can occur when healthy animals come in contact with tainted tissues from others with the disease. In the brain these proteins cause native cellular prion protein to deform into the infectious state, which then goes on to deform further prion protein in an exponential cascade. This results in protein aggregates, which then form dense plaque fibers, leading to the microscopic appearance of "holes" in the brain, degeneration of physical and mental abilities, and ultimately death.
A British inquiry into BSE concluded that the epidemic was caused by cattle, who are normally herbivores, being fed the remains of other cattle in the form of meat and bone meal (MBM), which caused the infectious agent to spread
Cannibalism can look odd by human standards, but in fact it's widespread in the animal kingdom, and also amongst many human populations in the past, and survived till the XX th century in some areas of Central Africa, South America, New Guinea and Vanuatu.
''It was quite a common practice in many human societies in the past," said Rudolf.
There are diseases transmitted solely or mostly through cannibalism, like Kuru (see below), a deadly degenerative brain ailment in New Guinea, provoked by a prion like in the case of the mad cow disease, and is triggered only by the consume of human flesh.
"Laughing death," locally called kuru, was a progressive, fatal brain malady that robbed its victims of the ability to walk, talk, and even eat.
Both diseases caused trembling, uncoordination and certain death. Like scrapie, kuru produced a Swiss-cheesing of the brain.
Why? Because village rites honored close relatives -- even kuru victims -- by eating them -- after death. This novel understanding of the phrase "family dinner" transmitted the kuru infection either while the bodies were handled or when the relative's remains were eaten.
Prevention worked in New Guinea. The epidemic has tapered off, and no child born since cannibalism ceased has caught kuru. In 1976, Gajdusek shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the work.