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Fish Too Can Suffer Version Of Mad Cow Disease
02/02/03: London, Feb 2 (ANI)[excerpted]:
"Now fish like sheep, elk and humans could suffer a version
of mad cow disease, or BSE, according to preliminary evidence. The results
might help reveal how the disease jumps from species to species.
Infectious prions are thought to cause BSE and human variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).
They probably crossed from sheep to cows and then to humans
in infected meat. Now a team at the University of Konstanz in Germany has
identified a cousin of the prion protein in pufferfish.
The discovery of a prion in fish - which are evolutionarily
distant from humans - suggest that the protein is "probably doing
something fairly important and basic", says Jonathan Weissman, who studies
protein folding at the University of California in San Francisco."
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conceived when The WARM Store in Woodstock, NY, was in operation throughout the
'90's (Woodstock Animal Rights Movement). The store was truly a meat free zone
as it was the first cruelty-free, Vegan, socially conscious animal rights store
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growing so rapidly, more and more people are showing concern about the food in
their diet and their overall health and nutrition. Many people are giving up
eating fish, chicken, beef, pork (pigs ), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt,
ice cream) and eggs. Headlines of Mad Cow disease, E-coli
and salmonella are in the news with greater frequency. Vegan and vegetarian
recipe cookbooks are standard now in all bookstores and many restaurants have
added Vegan and Vegetarian options to their menus. We hope you will help us with
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