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Brain Eater, The

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In 1986, a small number of British cattle came down with a new illness called Mad Cow Disease. Only a few years later, the name would be a household word and the disease an epidemic among British herds. A form of a brain disease known as spongiform encephalopathy, the fatal disease probably infected cows who ate a food supplement containing remains of sheep infected with a similar form of the illness.

More recently, people who ate infected beef have been found with a new variant of the disease. Is a large human epidemic brewing or will the infection end with the handful of people who have already been diagnosed? How does the disease infect? Is it through a rogue protein—as some researchers believe—rather than a virus or bacteria? NOVA tracks the work of scientists, epidemiologists, and policy-makers as they seek to understand the puzzling nature of the disease and its possible transmission to humans.

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