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.