11/02/21 • 53 min
"Mad Cow Disease" emerged in the United Kingdom in 1986. Named from the symptoms seen in cattle, it was eventually renamed more appropriately to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). When humans are infected, the disease seen is variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease (vCJD).
This episode explores the story of how a prion shaped the beef and biotech industries and revealed a failure in questions and ethics. We are joined by Dr. Fiona Houston (senior researcher and veterinarian), Anne McVey (ethics advocate and mother of a victim), and Kelly Creighton (biologics manufacturing regulatory expert).
Join us to learn how scientists tackle emerging infections, why we need to ask the hard questions, and how this prion has shaped the industry.
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