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UK blood donation ban highlights TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy) test needs

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The need for an in vivo test for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has gained new urgency in the UK, after the government announced last week restrictions on blood donation. In light of an "uncertain but slight risk" of transmissible exposure to vCJD, people who received a blood transfusion since 1980 are banned from donating blood.

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