Man Without Qualities

Monday, January 05, 2004

Mad Cow Follies

Steve Milloy updates:

“The best-kept secret in this field is that [prions such as those postulated to cause mad cow disease] in any form have never shown infectivity,” said the head of Yale University’s surgery department to the United Press International’s Steve Mitchell. ....

It’s the same sort of shallow thinking that explains why the 150 [mad cow disease] deaths are usually attributed to consumption of infected beef. There is, in fact, no evidence that the 150 victims of [mad cow disease] even ate infected beef, but it is assumed they did because no other explanation has been developed for how they could have contracted [mad cow disease].

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