MR. CAVENAUGH: Okay, COTT, which is the Committee of Ten Thousand, is gravely concerned about the industry logic favoring UK donors over additional U.S. replacement donors even with the survey, and even with the lack of data on paid and unpaid high volume pheresis donors.

This morning's discussion showed a glaring omission in the analysis to date of the impact of excluding well paid, highly educated, non-incentive provided pheresis donors in addition to the larger, understood group of paid pheresis donors.

We've heard quite a bit in terms of the studies and in terms of some of the questions about the likely blood borne nature of this never documented entity of prion and its ability to be transmitted by blood.

There's a perceived link between new variant and beef that's been raised based on proximity, but the BSE classical CJD link should not be forgotten. It should be entertained at the minimum. Living in the United Kingdom in the late '80s seemed to be a major factor, for example.

What was it about living there, that's proximity. Both statistic presenters showed clear risk of new variant in the blood, not even enlarging the scope to include classical CJD. There are no nv cases in the U.S., but plenty of classical -- arguably, much more than the one in one million rate alleged.

Just ask CJD Voice, the patient-family support group which spoke before you 18 months ago. Small then, its numbers have mushroomed. Something is getting transmitted. Can it all be through beef? But most disturbing is the recent news confirming a second mutated form of prions also causing death in under a year.

This doubling of the number of ways prions can be malformed with fatal results raises our concern levels considerably. The explanation that it is spontaneous sounds like an early catch all. With an entity so new, so unknown and so dangerous, the committee should be providing every protection possible, not bowing to arguments of relative risk.

Thank you.


The fourth presentation will be by Dr. Michael Busch, who is a member of the Blood Safety and Availability Committee and Scientific Director of Blood Centers of the Pacific.