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A blood test for ‘mad cow’ disease?

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Signature particles in the blood stream make a simple test for mad cow disease a possibility.

“This might provide a way to screen people who have spent time in the UK, who currently face restrictions on their ability to donate blood,” says Andrew Hill, associate professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Melbourne.

“With a simple blood test nurses could deem a prospective donor’s blood as healthy, with the potential to significantly boost critical blood stocks.”

Full story at Futurity.

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