An epidemic in the making

While the following article is about how evolution might lead to better treatment of mad cow disease in humans, I am shocked at how many people might be infected and not know it.

When BSE infected beef in Britain in the 1990s, there were fears that tens of thousands of people would be infected. So far, only 177 people have died of the disease, though it’s thought that up to one in every 2,000 people might be incubating it.

It is also sobering to think that this might be happening in our food supply right now and we wouldn’t necessarily know it for years to come.


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I am a writer of words, a thinker of thoughts, a changer of genders, and a queerer of life. I am an antagonist of the ordinary; and while I do tolerate it, I also look at it with contempt.

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