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I have read with keen interest the articles that have appeared in both the Ravalli Republic and the Missoulian; and would like to inform the public on how they can educate themselves on this subject.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is an unusually slow virus-like agent that is a protein called a "prion" (pronounced pree-on). The Rocky Mountain Laboratory had a part in its discovery in the 1950s.

A non-fiction book was written by Richard Rhodes. The title of the book is "Deadly Feasts." I highly recommend it to everyone. A very easy read is a report in the form of a booklet put out by the "McAlvany Intelligence Advisor" published by Harvest Books.

You see, chronic wasting disease is not only in our wild game but also in our fish. It is called "whirling disease" in fish and "scrapie" in sheep. The disease in cattle is called "mad cow disease" and in people it is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Please educate yourselves.

– Dallas Ann Olson, Stevensville

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