Mad Cows And Humans
Clare Tomkins has been engaged to Andrew Beale for three years, but it is unlikely they will ever marry. Bedridden and fed through a tube in her stomach, the 24-year-old Englishwoman rolls her eyes from side to side and barely recognizes her family. The disease that is killing her is a new, human version of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad-cow disease (below). "We are pushing like mad for a public inquiry," says an angry Roger Tomkins, Clare's father. "At 24, our daughter's life will be cut short, and we want answers."
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