By now, everybody who sells or eats food has heard of mad cow disease. Yet mad cow's lesser-known cousin, chronic wasting disease, has the scientific community and government taking a closer look at its potential for harming the food supply. Like mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting affects the central nervous system, except here, the victims are elk and deer. It first made the news several decades ago when it was discovered in Colorado, and until recently ...

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