Unique link found between mad cow disease and cancer

By Angela Mulholland, CTV News

Researchers led by University of British Columbia researcher Neil Cashman say they’ve made a surprise find about human cancer and brain-wasting diseases in animals that could pave the way for vaccines to halt all the diseases.

Cashman, a neurologist and researcher, was working on therapies for preventing transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, a group of animal brain-wasting diseases that include BSE in cows, scrapie in sheep, and chronic wasting disease in deer and other cervids.

Though the illnesses each affect different animals they are all caused by prions, which are unique infectious agents that cause the normal prion protein to go “rogue.”

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