Siltek isolates mad cows

Siltek isolates mad cows

Siltek's eagerness to wash its hands of former Prion staff (Michael Bosnar's recent parting saw off one of the last Prion staffers at the distie) may have been for a good reason. There are some suggestions it may be for health reasons. The word "Prion" was coined by Nobel Prize winner Stanley Prusiner, to describe pathogens that cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, and fatal familial insomnia. No, I'm not making this up. Some researchers believe that Mad Cow Disease -currently plaguing Europe's meat supply - is a variant of the aforementioned Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a progressive neurological disorder in which a human brain (rather than a cow's brain) deteriorates and winds up looking like a sponge. That's not the sort of problem today's distributors can handle.

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