At the request of relatives he has carried out his test on 15 humans who were suffering from possible CJD and in all 15 he found the test to be positive. Subsequent post-mortems confirmed that all 15 did have CJD. Had this urine test been carried out on cattle it could have identified the infected animals, thus restricting the cull and avoiding three farmers' suicides, together with the loss to the UK of an estimated pounds 4bn.
Why are we getting excited about a possible blood test which Zurich scientists may eventually elaborate when there is a urine test available already?
H C GRANT
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