B.S.E. test on live animals possible

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New studies show that it might be possible to perform accurate diagnostic tests on live animals for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Scientists from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's B.S.E. Reference Laboratories, the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health in Germany and the University of Manitoba found that changed levels of a protein in cattle urine indicates the presence of B.S.E. with 100% accuracy in a small sample set.

Changes in the relative abundance of a set of proteins corresponded with the advancement of the disease, it was also determined.

The proteins in urine samples taken from four infected and four healthy cows of the same age, over the course of the disease, were analysed by the scientists. Their finding that disease progression could be monitored based on changes in the abundance of a set of proteins could have applications for the assessment of potential treatments.