Prions and Prion Diseases Term Paper

Prions and Prion Diseases
A discussion of the various aspects of prions and prion diseases.
# 3088 | 1,307 words | 4 sources | 2001 | CA
Published on Sep 09, 2003 in Biology (Molecular and Cell) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper examines the novel mechanism of disease transmittal in prions as well as the diseases themselves (mad cow disease and Creutzfeld-Jacobs disease). Functions of normal prions are also discussed. The paper also examines how prions are devoid of nucleic acids, and thus carry no information other than their tertiary structure.

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"Knockout mice survived up to their 70th week, and then they began to display signs common with brain disease, which included a loss of motor coordination. Curiously, the symptoms shown by these knockout mice were similar to those found in many cases of prion diseases."

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