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ABS: Tracking prion disease in the wild

A new project is aiming to predict the potential spread of the world’s only prion disease found in wild animals. The research aims to second-guess the effects of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal condition similar to mad cow disease that affects several species of deer. Given the conservation implications of the deadly disease for the deer, and the uncertainty over whether it can be spread to humans, it’s a timely research effort. 

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