serve as training platforms, more researchers who can enter the field of study, a larger and more reliable funding environment, and better scientific tools.

It is noteworthy that the Secretary of Health and Human Services approved an action plan on August 23, 2001, to increase the infrastructure for TSE research (DHHS, 2001). Achieving the laudable goals set forth in that plan will take sustained attention, effort, and funding.

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