mad cow disease transmission

Can mad cow disease be transmitted to humans through milk and cheese? Does pasturization make a difference?

Berdollos, this exact question was last posted to two days ago:

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=61878

Before you ask any more questions, do a search. And I suggest the first one you do should be for a thread titled “Moderator Notes: On General Questions,” by manhattan.