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Biotech company claims device can detect mad cow disease

An Australian company said it has developed technology to remove the protein that causes mad cow and other neuro-degenerative diseases from blood samples. The company, Gradipore, said its Gradiflow membrane technology can remove infectious prion proteins from two blood components – gamma globulin and albumin. Scientists said the device could permit earlier diagnoses of animals afflicted with these diseases and enable farmers to isolate and remove infected animals from their herds. In addition, they said, it might be possible to use the membrane to detect the human forms of mad cow – known as Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. Full Story

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