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Tetracycline May Fight Mad Cow Disease

posted on August 9, 2002

It's used to fight bacterial infections … and now, battles mad cow disease.

A doctor with the National Neurological Institute in Milan has reported that the antibiotic, tetracycline, may affect the ability of prions to cause disease like mad cow and other brain-wasting maladies, by making them less resistant to digestion.

The doctor said he used tetracycline to treat tissue samples from infected patients.

The results showed the greater the dose of tetracycline, the less resistant prions became to enzyme digestion and therefore, removal.

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