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Unraveling a curious killer
August 7, 2018

In the ghoulish world of infectious disease agents, prions might well be the zombies. Unlike bacteria and viruses, prions have no DNA, yet still manage to replicate.

USDA extends mad cow testing at Veterinary College
April 4, 2007

PULLMAN – The United States Department of Agriculture has extended the contract for testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease, at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The new contract will run through Sept. 30, 2007, with the option for further extensions. “Reports circulated in the media a few months ago that stated the WSU laboratory was shutting down,” said Terry McElwain, executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at WSU’s veterinary college. “The USDA was simply scaling back the amount of testing being done but was intent on maintaining the capacity and ability to ramp up BSE … » More …

Leading mad cow test developed in Pullman
February 20, 2004

It’s almost like a secret around the Palouse — not only was the nation’s first case of mad cow disease confirmed in a Washington State cow, but the test used to diagnose it is also produced in the region — in Pullman to be exact.Long before the holstein on the southeast Washington farm caused an international uproar last December, researchers at Washington State University had been diligently working on ways to better diagnose and understand the devastation caused by transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), a group of prion-induced diseases including bovine spongiform encephalopathy — BSE or mad cow disease. A prion is a protein particle similar … » More …