Infectious Processes: Knowledge, Discourse, and the Politics of Prions

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The BSE or "mad cow disease" crisis is regarded by many as an example of the failure of officials and politicians to handle risk situations. Yet, BSE is also characterized by a unique trait, that is, the infectious agent that causes it. Thus far, no one has paid attention to the fact that BSE and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are allegedly caused by a novel agent-a prion-distinct from all other known infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. The prion hypothesis was introduced by the American ...

Infectious Processes: Knowledge, Discourse, and the Politics of Prions 2004, Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, England

ISBN-13: 9781403932235

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