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USP Continues to Support Dr. Frank Bastian


March 19, 2020

Although Dr. Frank Bastian's research concerning Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been able to be replicated by other researchers, the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP) is continuing to support his research.

To review: Bastian believes that spiroplasma bacteria cause CWD in deer and other cervids. Conventional research has determined that misfolded proteins called prions cause CWD. Bastian believes that the prions are byproducts of the bacterial action.

For a number of years, Bastian has said that the first thing his research will develop is a kit that will allow hunters to test harvested deer for CWD in the field. The second thing he believes he can do is to develop live-animal tests and vaccines for CWD. This would be a great help for the deer-farming industry in dealing with CWD. He also thinks he can develop an oral vaccine that can be used for free-ranging deer. Another thing he believes he can do is to develop human antibiotic vaccines to cure and prevent the impacts of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease that affects humans in the manner that Chronic Wasting Disease affects deer.

However, Bastian has been telling us these things for a number of years, but so far they have not come to pass.

Still, the USP, which is probably the most loyal supporter of deer hunters and deer hunting in Pennsylvania, has thrown its full support behind Bastian's research. After Bastian left Louisiana State University, he was able to set up another CWD research laboratory last June at the Advanced Materials Research Institute at the University of New Orleans. This is part of a partnership program known as the North American CWD Project that will be directed by highly regarded wildlife researcher John Eveland. Bastian is director of the privately operated Bastian Lab and has been granted a research professorship at the university, according to Eveland.

Bastian has joined forces with the Terra Cor Institution, a non-profit group, and several sportsmen's groups that support his research. The Terra Cor group is siting a second disease-control center in Pennsylvania, according to the fall issue of "Pennsylvania Woods and Waters," USP's newsletter. Also of note, besides the USP, the Allegheny County Sportsmen's League of Pennsylvania is a supporter of Bastian's research.

According to "Pennsylvania Woods and Waters," a million-dollar grant was approved by the Pennsylvania state government for the Pennsylvania center but has not been released by the governor.

If you want to support Bastian's research, you can mail a check made out to "USP" to Douglas Tyger, Treasurer, 184 Fairview Road, Kersey, PA 15846-9210.


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