Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease, is a neurodegenerative, fatal condition in cattle that can devastate the beef industry. The consumption of BSE-infected beef is believed to be the cause of a similar malady in humans, known as new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
One mode of BSE transmission throughout cattle populations is by the inclusion of infected cow or sheep parts in cattle feed, a practice that was banned in the United States in 1997. In this experiment, students examine simulated PCR products from several feed mills, to determine any possible violations of the 1997 ban.
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