(UK) Experts create BSE-immune cattle
- SCIENTISTS have genetically engineered the first cattle in the world
that cannot get mad cow disease, it was revealed yesterday.
The breakthrough could signal the end to massive health fears by
breeding cows that are incapable of catching the disease, which is
passed on to humans via infected beef, causing death.
A team of experts from Japan and America took the breed of Holstein
cows to genetically engineer calves without a vital protein, known as
Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is caused
by prions becoming damaged and spreading to an animal's brain tissue.
It causes the collapse of the cow's central nervous system.
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