Researchers Meet to Discuss BSE, Chronic Wasting

K-State hosts livestock disease event.

Researchers from all over the world met at Kansas State University about two weeks ago to talk about chronic wasting disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, sometimes called mad cow disease.

The symposium drew nearly 150 researchers from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East.

The symposium commemorated the opening of Juergen Richt's laboratory at K-State. Richt is the Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology and Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar.

In September, Richt and colleague Mark Hall of the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, published research findings that showed a genetic mutation in cattle can cause BSE, which is the first report of genetic prion disease in livestock.

One of the key findings presented at the symposium included a report from Qingzhong Kong from Case Western Reserve University which indicates at a variant of BSE is much more virulent than the original disease.

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