Prions are misfolded proteins that cause other proteins to refold into diseased states. In its native state, the prion protein is found in healthy cells, especially of the brain. If a misfolded prion comes into contact with a native state prion, it will cause the native state prion to refold into the misfolded state, forming … Read More

Mad cow disease is a fatal brain disease found in cattle. The disease causes deterioration of the brain and ultimately results in death. Humans could develop the human form of the disease by eating beef contaminated with central nervous system tissues of infected cattle. There currently is no cure for the disease due to the lack of information … Read More

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