Prions — the Revenge of the Cows

Proteins that cause illness are still baffling scientists.

Scientists have discovered the first new human prion in 50 years

In a new study published August 31 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers claim to have discovered a new type of prion Рthe first one after 50 years. Their work strengthens the idea that degenerative diseases are caused by prions. Prions are misfolded proteins that multiply themselves by causing other proteins to misfold. It is this form of

Study shakes answers out of the shaking disease: human prion immunity gene isolated

A recent study involving a Papua New Guinea tribe that practiced cannibalistic funeral customs sheds new light on prion-related conditions such as mad cow disease.

Prions picked up by tuning fork detector

    Prions (or proteinaceous infectious particle; on comes from analogy to virion) are the nasty little buggers responsible for disorders such as mad cow disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. They’re dangerous especially as they’re really hard to detect before symptoms appear. Now, according to Nature, scientists are trying to develop sensors that can detect prions by having them bind