Bse bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion the nature of the transmissible agent is not well understood currently the most accepted theory is that the agent is a modified form of a normal protein known as prion protein. The reason why so many people were concerned about mad cow disease a few years ago was because it was possible that humans who consumed infected beef could contract a prion disease since prions are almost impossible to destroy cooking infected meat at a normal cooking temperatures is not enough to break down the proteins. Prion diseases comprise several conditions a prion is a type of protein that can trigger normal proteins in the brain to fold abnormally prion diseases can affect both humans and animals and are sometimes transmitted to humans by infected meat products the most common form of prion disease that affects humans is creutzfeldt jakob disease cjd. Mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy bse is a disease that was first found in cattle its related to a disease in humans called variant creutzfeldt jakob disease vcjd both disorders are universally fatal brain diseases caused by a prion a prion is a protein particle that
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