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Description:This micrograph of brain tissue reveals the cytoarchitectural histopathologic changes found in bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
The presence of vacuoles, i.e. microscopic “holes” in the gray matter, gives the brain of BSE-affected cows a sponge-like appearance when tissue sections are examined in the lab.
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Content Providers(s):U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS
Creation Date:2003
Photo Credit:DR. Al Jenny
Links:U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Information
CDC – Nat. Cntr. for Infectious Diseases; BSE and CJD Information and Resources
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