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Is the BSE crisis over?

So far, 176 people have died, but scientists are still struggling to understand it

By Tom Whipple   May 2013

Thirteen years ago Roy Anderson, then a professor at Oxford University, made a prediction. He estimated the total number of human deaths in the UK from eating BSE-infected beef would be somewhere between 63—roughly the annual mortality risk due to falling off ladders—and 136,000—the worst public health crisis in Britain since the 1918 flu pandemic.

“There were two things we didn’t know,” he says now, more than a quarter of a century on from the…

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