GOVERNMENT TO BOOST MAD COW RESEARCH

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced his agency will boost the budget for scientific research into mad cow disease and related maladies by $2 million, on top of the $10 million already earmarked for 2005.The need for research into bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, is "no more critical than our response to BSE," Johanns said at the annual meeting of the

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced his agency will boost the budget for scientific research into mad cow disease and related maladies by $2 million, on top of the $10 million already earmarked for 2005.

The need for research into bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, is "no more critical than our response to BSE," Johanns said at the annual meeting of the Food Safety Summit here.

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