Rex Jakabosky has passed from this life and has gone to his eternal life with his Lord and Savior.
“Ramblin” Rex was born in Upland
California. As a young man, his love of music was clear and he pursued
his passion throughout his life. He sang, played piano, guitar,
harmonica, which he learned from his grandmother, the trumpet and just
about anything he got his hands on. While they were in high school
together in Lancaster, California, he met and played with Frank Zappa,
who later formed the group, The Mothers of Invention and and Henry
Vestine, one of the original members of Canned Heat. LINK
Food and Drug Administration's new guide for feeding farm animals has nolegally binding components but provides "guidelines" for safe feeding.
This guidance is intended to help animal producers develop procedures and practices to ensure the use of safe feed in animal production. It applies to all feed offered to farm animals,whether the feed is obtained from commercial suppliers, or produced on the farm. It also applies to products consumed by animals during pasture grazing, pre- or post- harvest grazing, free-rang.....LINK
Because Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is so rare, any assay for the disease
must have near-perfect specificity. A problem with both cycling assays
is that PrPC converts into oligomers and fibrils in the absence of PrPSc.
Additional work is needed to address this problem. Nevertheless it is
possible that these assays could one day lead to earlier diagnosis and
treatments, if the latter become available. LINK
The Pennsylvania Game Commission
confiscated deer brains and other deer parts from a Lititz restaurant
earlier this month, according to state inspectors.
brains, heads, muscle meat and other parts were taken after New China
House's operator couldn't provide documentation the meat was from an
approved source, according to the Pennsylvania Department of
Agriculture. While farm-raised venison may be sold legally, it’s illegal to sell game animals killed by hunters, according to officials.
The deer parts were thrown out, Logan
Hall, a department spokesman, said Thursday. Inspectors returned for
follow-up inspection the next day and found 14 more deficiencies. They
included an unidentifiable pig organ on premise, which the operator's
wife said was her lunch, according to the inspection report. It was
Surprise: Grass Can Uptake And Bind With Chronic Wasting Disease Prions
According to researchers at The University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston grass plants can bind,
uptake and transport infectious prions. Why this is so important takes
some understanding of what prions are.
Much smaller than bacteria, prions are single proteins
that cannot be destroyed by typical “kill strategies” such as extreme
heat or ultraviolet light.
“With prions, nothing like that works,” said Claudio
Soto, Ph.D., a UTHealth researcher and lead author of an article about
the topic published May 26, 2015, in Cell Reports.
These protein-based infectious agents cause the characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain, leading to emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions, and death. As
such, they are responsible for a group of fatal diseases referred to as
transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The group includes
so-called “mad cow disease” (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE)
in cattle, scrapie in sheep, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in
humans, which, according to
the World Health Organization, has been “strongly linked” to eating
beef products contaminated with central nervous system tissue, such as
spinal cord and brain, from cows infected with mad cow disease.
Chronic Wasting Disease in Texas Deer Could Potentially Harm Hunting Industry
State officials moved quickly. The Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department, working with the Texas Animal Health Commission, set up new
rules limiting when and how breeders could move deer, and began
requiring more testing, which requires killing the deer to obtain brain
tissue samples. “They want you to kill the herd and test them for just in case,” said
deer breeder Mike Wood. “That makes no sense…. I said I’m just not
going to do it.”
But as the late fall openings of white-tailed deer seasons approach,
many in the industry are chafing under the new rules, claiming the state
has overreacted and might do more harm to their livelihoods than the
disease itself. LINK
A Disease Similar to Mad Cow Disease, CJD, Was Found In A Captive Texas Deer in the Summer of 2015.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the
white-tailed deer came from a facility in Medina County south of San
Antonio. It died early last month, and tested positive for the disease
This is the first case of chronic wasting disease detected in a captive white-tailed deer in Texas, according to the department.
Chronic wasting disease is similar to mad cow disease, which eats away at the brain. LINK
Can Scrapies in Sheep Transform Into Human Form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
The paper provides evidence in a laboratory experiment that some
Classical scrapie isolates can propagate in humanised transgenic mice
and produce prions that on second passage are similar to those causing
one form of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). LINK
"4,000 pounds of rib-eyes, other beef recalled; mad cow disease a concern." LINK
Six members of Congress are urging federal agricultural officials to ban
the interstate movement of captive deer, saying a national industry
that breeds bucks to be shot as trophies in "canned" hunts isn't worth
the disease risks. [for chronic wasting disease] LINK
Confirmed variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) case in Texas LINK