Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mad Rabbit Disease

A study by the  Biogune Research Centre has shown rabbits are not resistant to prion diseases (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies  - “Mad Cow” is the bovine variety).  For decades it was thought rabbits were resistant, but the study shows rabbits can also develop an infection. The authors of the study say an epidemic of “mad rabbits” like the one seen in cows in the 1990s is “highly unlikely.”  But it was also noted in the article that the study “opens up the debate regarding the suitability of feeding various species with animal proteins that may be contaminated with prions, even those that for many years have been considered to be resistant.“