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Old 03-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #11
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Default New study shows prions able to jump between species more easily than thought

New study shows prions able to jump between species more easily than thought
January 27, 2012 by Bob Yirka

New study shows prions able to jump between species more easily than thought
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(PhysOrg.com) -- A group of French researchers has found that prions are more easily able to jump between species than has been previously thought. In their paper published in Science, they show that prions from other species, implanted in the brains of mice showed up in other organs after a period of time, suggesting that brain autopsies are not sufficient to detect the presence of the disease. British neurology researcher John Collinge has also published a perspective on the topic in the same journal...
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Default Blood test for human form of mad cow disease developed

Blood test for human form of mad cow disease developed
January 16, 2012 by Bob Yirka in Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes
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Blood test for human form of mad cow disease developed
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Because normal cleansing and cooking processes donít kill the prions, the disease has spread undetected. Antibacterial processes used on surgical implements for performing tonsillectomies for example, donít eliminate the prions, and because those very same prions are associated with tonsils, it is believed many people have been infected when undergoing such procedures.

Whatís more alarming however is the lack of knowledge regarding blood supplies used for transfusions. Without a test, itís been impossible to know which samples are safe and which arenít. Now however, it appears researchers in Britain have come up with a blood test...
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