prions & heat-stability

Joao Vasconcelos Costa jcosta at pen.gulbenkian.pt
Fri Apr 12 03:40:20 EST 1996


D. Mchugh wrote:
> 
> ..does anyone know whether pasteurisation processes when applied to milk
> ie. non-sterilisation heat treatment can denature prions.
> 
> Thanks in advance
> Damian

Pasteurization has only a slight effect, if any, in inactivation.
However, don't forget that all existent evidence indicates that most
probably the milk is devoid of infectivity.
 
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