Ian A. York iayork at panix.com
Wed Dec 20 13:41:47 EST 2000

In article <Pine.A41.4.21.0012200925400.57246-100000 at dante14.u.washington.edu>,
elisabeth carrie schnackenberg  <schnacke at u.washington.edu> wrote:
>I was wondering if anyone has tried to sequence the prion protein and see
>if it can be found in the genome?  Is it possible the diseases caused by
>prions are genetic mutations within a person, rather than contagious

A very few minutes using medline
(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi), or any of the vast number
of prion web sites, would have given you the answer to these questions.  
The answers, which have been known for decades,  are "yes" and "yes".

    Ian York   (iayork at panix.com)  <http://www.panix.com/~iayork/>
    "-but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a
     very respectable Man." -Jane Austen, The History of England

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