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People who lack a particular variant of a gene involved in the immune response may be three times more likely to develop variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) syndrome, the human version of mad cow syndrome, according to a new study by scientists in England.
The investigators, from University College London, National Blood Service, Royal Free and University College Medical School, all in London, and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford, reported their findings in the November 15 issue of Nature.
Stephenson J. Variant CJD Susceptibility. JAMA. 2001;286(22):2801. doi:10.1001/jama.286.22.2801-JWM10013-3-1