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File under “scary as h*ll” – Prions in animal fats?

This article from the science journal at Ars Technica gave me chills. (CLICK HERE to read it.)

If you haven’t the time (or are suffering from mouse-related trigger finger,) let me summarize:  prions — malformed proteins which cause neurodegenerative wasting diseases such as BSE (“mad cow disease'”) — which were previously only thought to exist in neural tissues of infected animals have NOW BEEN FOUND TO ACCUMULATE IN FAT TISSUES.  Think “sausage” or “ribeye steak.”

See if I get any sleep tonight…

(CLICK HERE for a table of links for more information on prion-related… stuff.)

(CLICK HERE for a Powerpoint ’07 presentation I put together a few months ago.)

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1 Response to “File under “scary as h*ll” – Prions in animal fats?”


  1. December 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Are we in danger in proceeding normally with our meat-eating diets? I’m assuming yes if you’re not sleeping…

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    What, if anything, is risk-free in this world? We know too darn much about too darn many things.

    I slept just fine last night. My bedroom probably has lead-based paint in it. My exterior walls probably contain a goodly amount of asbestos. I feel like a burger right now. With extra prions.

    (Realistically, the threat is probably slim-to-none of you or I ever getting a prion-related spongiform encephalopathy.)


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