Latest prions Stories

2009-06-27 11:15:00

Scientists have raised concern over the potential for people to contract mad cow disease from eating farmed-raised fish that are fed byproducts rendered from cows.

2009-05-29 08:15:00

Current tests to identify specific strains of infectious prions, which cause a range of transmissible diseases (such as mad cow) in animals and humans, can take anywhere from six months to a year to yield results – a time-lag that may put human populations at risk.

2009-04-17 09:11:28

An investigation of a rare, inherited form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease suggests that disrupted regulation of copper ions in the brain may be a key factor in this and other prion diseases.

2009-04-03 08:02:07

Whitehead Institute researchers have quintupled the number of identifiable prion proteins in yeast and have further clarified the role prions play in the inheritance of both beneficial and detrimental traits.

2009-04-02 13:48:16

Special proteins known as prions, which are perhaps best known as the agents of mad cow and other neurodegenerative diseases, can also serve as an important source of beneficial variation in nature

2009-03-17 09:14:15

A U.S. study suggests an imbalance of iron homeostasis is a common feature of prion disease-affected human, mouse and hamster brains. Dr.

2009-03-14 09:38:34

The discovery in common brewer's yeast of a new, infectious, misfolded protein -- or prion -- by University of Illinois at Chicago molecular biologists raises new questions about the roles played by these curious molecule

2009-03-13 13:03:31

Imbalance of iron homeostasis is a common feature of prion disease-affected human, mouse, and hamster brains, according to a new study by Dr. Neena Singh and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, alongside collaborators from Creighton University.

2009-03-05 22:00:34

An Italian researcher said she's figured out how the human mad cow disease travels from the stomach to the brain. Chiara Zurzolo, a biology professor at Naples University, said the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease prion uses the body's immune system to travel to the brain.

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