Enough acronyms for you?
This is a response to Cinda Williams' pass-along of a query as to
where to find out about the potential presence of prions in bone meal
or blood meal.
Cinda, start with this URL:
This is the "Official Mad Cow Page" and has more links than Newt has
excuses. There is an entire section there of links to sources on "BSE
in Blood, Milk, Meat." Of course we're not talking about BSE in those
products (BSE is a clinical disorder, rather than the transmissible
agent)...but if you can cut this site a bit of slack for such
imprecision, it's an excellent source of links to CDC and other
medical and scientific info, as well as popular info, citizen
activism, media releases, etc.
My point is that a better understanding of the entire system of what
is known and what isn't known about this phenomenon is key to
building an agricultural production system.
For the prions-in-soil topic, see:
For "BSE basics"--a collection of articles scoping out the
It includes glossaries, interviews with folks (including Stanley
Prusiner, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on prions), and review
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
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