I must quibble about the headline of this piece about chronic wasting disease in deer. “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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