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Stories by Stanley B. Prusiner

Detecting Mad Cow Disease

New tests can rapidly identify the presence of dangerous prions--the agents responsible for the malady--and several compounds offer hope for treatment

June 21, 2004 — Stanley B. Prusiner

The Prion Diseases

Prions, once dismissed as an impossibility, have now gained wide recognition as extraordinary agents that cause anumber of infectious, genetic and spontaneous disorders

January 1, 1995 — Stanley B. Prusiner

Prions

These agents of infectious disease present a biological conundrum: Prions contain protein and reproduce in the living cell, yet no DNA or RNA has been found in them. What is the nature of their genome?

October 1, 1984 — Stanley B. Prusiner