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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

USDA, Agricultural Research Service

The largest federal animal disease center in the United States. The center conducts research to solve animal health and food safety problems faced by livestock producers and the public.

Russell Kightley Media

Prions are implicated in BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy). These and similar diseases are known as TSEs (Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies). TSEs afflict other species, most famously sheep (scrapie). The image is 600 pixels across and the original is 3,548 pixels across.