WPR News
9:34 am
Fri March 5, 2004

A Faster Cheaper CWD Test

Buffalo Grove, IL – States, like Wyoming, could soon be using a tool that would let them test more animals for chronic wasting disease without increasing the cost. This week, the federal government approved use of a new chronic wasting test created by the Illinois company Prion Developmental Laboratories. PDL's Chief Scientific Officer Bob Peterson it costs about 75 dollars to run most CWD tests now. Theirs would be less the 30 dollars. Peterson admits their test isn't as sensitive as others, but thinks the expense difference makes up for the sensitivity difference. Peterson says their test is faster, less then an hour compared to three or four. The PDL test doesn't need sophisticated equipment, so Peterson says it's perfect for use at checkpoints where hunters bring deer and elk to be tested.