Prions & BSE
maga at vetbio.unizh.ch
Tue Apr 9 10:01:39 EST 1996
In article <DpHroq.2C0 at world.std.com>, rhc at world.std.com (Richard H
> Prions never contained DNA or RNA by definition. They are
> supposedly pathological forms of otherwise normal proteins which
> duplicate themselves endlessly.
>It is still not known whether they are the causative agents of
> BSE and similar diseases, or whether they even exist at all.
I guess these last two points have been clarified. See, among the most
recent, articles, the paper in Nature 1995 vol 378 pages 761-2 (with
commentary in the same issue page 759).
I think this paper provides both evidence for the existence (well, it was
already well known anyway) and infectivity of prions. Moreover, it
addresses a few basic questions about species-specificity. A must for all
Regards, G. Maga.
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