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Assessing EDRF as a Potential Marker for BSE

Institutions
Roslin Institute
Start date
2003
End date
2006
Objective
This research project aims to determine whether a protein found in blood called EDRF can be used to reliably diagnose preclinical cases of BSE in cattle and scrapie in sheep.
More information
There is a major requirement for an ante-mortem blood-based assay capable of identifying BSE-infected cattle at the preclinical stages of the disease.

The majority of current diagnostics require post-mortem material or material obtained by invasive procedures such as CNS or tonsil biopsy.

The only assay performed on blood requires extensive protein purification procedures and highly specialised equipment making automated high throughput difficult.

This study will investigate whether a protein found in blood called EDRF can be used to reliably diagnose preclinical cases of BSE in cattle and scrapie in sheep.

Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the Food Standards Agency Research webpage.

Funding Source
Food Standards Agency
Project number
M03020
Categories
Viruses and Prions