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BSE 'may have come from humans'

Mad cow disease may have originated from human remains mixed into cattle feed, according to a controversial new theory.
A leading British expert on BSE believes there is strong evidence for linking the brain disease - which gave rise to variant CJD in humans - to a grisly trade in carcass material that was prevalent in the 1960s and `70s.

Over those decades Britain imported hundreds of thousands of tons of ground-up animal parts for use as fertiliser and the manufacture of feed.