Published in Blood Weekly, December 21st, 2000
The article describes a naturally-occurring blood protein, which selectively and efficiently binds to infectious prions, but not to the normal form. It is believed that neurotoxic prions, acquired by eating beef from cows infected with BSE, are the infectious agents responsible for the brain-wasting illness known as new variant Creutzfeldt Jacob Disease (nvCJD) affecting humans. The publication is authored by a group of scientists in Switzerland and Austria, led by Adriano Aguzzi, MD, MRCPath, University Hospital...
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