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The prion game.

I must quibble about the headline of the piece about chronic wasting disease in deer ("Hunter Beware: Infectious proteins found in deer muscle," SN: 1/28/06, p. 52). "Hunter Beware" sounds ominous, but in order to get the mice to exhibit symptoms after getting muscle tissue from infected deer, it was necessary to use genetically engineered mice carrying deer protein. While hunters would be unlikely to take and consume a deer showing symptoms of chronic wasting disease, even if they did, there would be no danger. That is, of course, unless we are talking about genetically engineered hunters.

BOB HENKE, ARGYLE, N.Y.
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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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