Modified cattle feed may prevent mad cow disease

U of A scientists hope to give immunity to BSE

Sheila Pratt,

The Edmonton Journal

In the not-so-distant future, Dr. Nat Kav hopes to be in a greenhouse tending a special crop of plants that could inoculate cattle against mad cow disease.

Kav, an associate professor in the University of Alberta agriculture department, says the idea is to give cattle protection against bovine spongiform encepthalopathy by growing antibodies to the disease in plants they eat.

Kav and U of A biochemistry Prof. Michael James are working with Swiss researchers as part of the international effort to understand BSE, a relatively new disease.

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