[Homestead] Mad Cow, Venemant won't protect you, Japanese will

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Tue Sep 21 12:33:52 EDT 2004


Veneman of course is our Ag Secretary, one of Bush's carefully-assembled 
helpers whose function is to impede in any way possible any escape of 
information or remedy for Mad Cow disease, and to bankrupt beef cattle 
ranchers who  had a market in Japan until she destroyed it.

Maybe it's a good thing me and my Air Force buddies didn't kill ALL the 
Japs.


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  Japanese discovery may help combat mad cow disease

A group of Japanese researchers claim they have discovered a 
protein-unfolding factor that they hope will be used to combat mad cow 
disease and other protein-caused malignant diseases.

The discovery of the factor named Unfoldin was made by a group led by 
Naomi Hachiya with the National Institute of Neuroscience in Kodaira.

Unfoldin unfolds abnormal prion protein, the chief cause of mad cow 
disease, known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which has been 
linked to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the researchers said.

The protein-unfolding factor is expected to be used to tackle those 
diseases as the abnormal structure of prions, once unfolded, will be 
resolved by enzymes in the body.

The researchers said the scissor-like factor they found in yeast cells 
also unfolds and makes corded other types of protein that cause 
Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

It is the first time for a factor that can unfold any type of protein 
structure to be discovered, they said.

Kazuo Kuwata, who heads the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases at 
Gifu University, said the discovery has tremendous application potential.

There has never been a reported case of mad cow disease in Australia.

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