Mad Cows And Humans

A Nobel prize hasn't quelled the controversy over the diseases' cause

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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