Category Archives: Chronic wasting disease

Small loop in human prion protein shown to prevent chronic wasting disease.


Chronic wasting disease (CWD), an infectious disease caused by prions, affects North American elk and deer, but has not been observed in humans. Using a mouse model that expresses an altered form of the normal human prion protein, researchers led by the University of California have determined why the human proteins aren’t corrupted when exposed to the elk prions. The

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