Wednesday, 4 August 2004

Synthetic Prions Support Mad Cow Theory

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco created the prions, which are infectious self-producing protein structures associated with brain-wasting illnesses called transmissible spongiform encephalopathy diseases (TSEs)—illnesses that include scrapie, mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD).

"Our study demonstrates that misfolding a particular segment of the normal prion protein is sufficient to transform the protein into infectious prions," says the study's lead author, UCSF neurology professor Giuseppe Legname.

my 2 cents: stop eating meat. if you can, retroactively stop eating meat back in 1998.

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