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From: TSS (216-119-132-94.ipset12.wt.net)
Subject: Re: IFST updated Information Statement on BSE and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)
Date: November 2, 2004 at 4:40 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: IFST updated Information Statement on BSE and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) posted by TSS on October 29, 2004 at 8:28 am:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: IFST updated Information Statement on BSE and Variant CJD
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 23:05:03 +0000
From: "J Ralph Blanchfield, MBE"
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Organization: Consultant
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE
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Hello Brian and Everyone,

As regards the "exceptional" length of the Summary, BSE/vCJD, as all on
BSE-L know, is an exceptional multi-faceted subject. The Summary, which as a
Word file actually prints out to a little over 5 x A4 pages of 11 point Arial,
has to cover 28 separate topics within the subject. Having regard to that, it is
far from "exceptional" in length.

On the question of the BASE item in the Summary, the phrase at issue was not
intentionally omitted from the Summary -- but of course there are many important
pieces of detailed information in the 68 pages of the full text that would not
fit in to the 5+ pages of Summary.

As you have appreciated, Brian, I cannot modify the Summary "off my own bat" but
I have consulted the two IFST Committees concerned (the Technical & Legislative
Committee and the Public Affairs Committee) via their listservs. Both have now
approved my suggestion of the addition, at the end of the BASE item in the
Summary, of the phrase "and has molecular similarity to a sub-type of sporadic
CJD".

BTW, as far as my personal position is concerned, I have on my personal Website
www.jralphb.co.uk a Powerpoint presentation on BSE/vCJD, which has been there
for two years,originally given as a presentation in a symposium in USA in 2002,
and in updated form on a few occasions since then, but updated monthly (now with
too much information on as few of the slides!). The mention of "molecular
similarity to sporadic CJD" in question appeared in the slide (#43) about the
Casalone et al paper that has been there since the paper was first published,
and indeed a similar phrase in the slide (#79) of the Asante et al paper that
has been there since the Powerpoint presentation was first assembled.

Anyway, the IFST updated Information Statement on BSE and Variant CJD
may be accessed at www.ifst.org/hottop5.htm

Best wishes
Ralph
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On Fri, 29 Oct 2004 09:25:31 +0100, you wrote:

>##################### Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #####################
>
>Group,
>
>In my experience of writing papers - not in the food science area but in another technical field - it is usual to prepare a concise but accurate summary of the topic. To take 10% of the length of the original text as a summary is exceptionally long. To take this space and to omit key information is also exceptional. Perhaps the authors of the paper should be encouraged to re-examine their summary with these points in mind?
>
>While it would be nice to have the time to read the full text of every document, I doubt that many people have the time to do so given the vast amount of information being published. The selection of which items to read in full is usually based on the content of the summary. Thus the importance of this being both concise and accurate.
>
>I understand that many indexing systems also rely on summaries and key words indicated in articles rather than a search of the whole article. If this is so, to omit important points from summaries means that they will be missed in the indexing and lost to many potential readers. (I doubt that the indexing programs will scan summaries of this length in full for all key terms.)
>
>Regards,
>
>Brian Matthews.
>
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