HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) applauded the public-private partnership that was announced yesterday between Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania and Louisiana State University (LSU) scientist Frank Bastian aimed at curing chronic wasting disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer and other animals.
At a Capitol press conference on Monday, leadership members of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania announced they were self-funding the research partnership with Dr. Bastian because his research thus far on CWD shows more promise than previous years of state-funded research that have so far yielded no results.
After decades of intensive research, Bastian, an LSU AgCenter animal scientist, believes he has isolated the cause of CWD. He believes it is a bacterium called a spiroplasma. It is this spiroplasma that causes the CWD proteins known as “prions.”
“For years, the Game Commission and the Department of Agriculture have been telling us that prions are the cause of chronic wasting disease,” Maloney said. “Yet, despite decades of efforts, we are no further along to finding a cure than we were when CWD was first discovered some 30 years ago. It seems to me we should welcome a different approach while current efforts continue to be pursued. A closed mind has never solved anything.”
The entire press conference can be viewed here
Maloney’s remarks following the press conference can be viewed here
Representative David Maloney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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