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Hunter Beware: Infectious proteins found in deer muscle

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11:37am, January 25, 2006

Infectious agents called prions that cause a mad cow–like disease in deer and elk are present in the infected animals' muscles, according to a new study. Prions had been shown to congregate primarily in the brains and spinal cords of infected animals, so the finding could increase concern among people who eat deer meat.

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