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Inflamed organs could act as prion incubators

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By Emily Singer INFLAMED organs in cattle could act as incubators for prion diseases such as BSE. It could mean that organs we thought were safe are a source of infection. So far the effect has only been seen in laboratory tests on mice, but if the results hold true for cattle this could have significant implications for countries such as the US and Switzerland, which have opted for limited BSE testing programmes. Until now, the abnormal prion proteins that cause BSE have been found only in specific organs in cattle,