Prion diseases may be more mobile between species

01/26/2012 | MyHealthNewsDaily.com

Recent research found that there are higher concentrations of prions, the protein particles that can cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, in spleen and lymph tissue than there are in brain tissue, raising the sobering possibility of a host of humans and animals that may be carrying the disease. Chronic wasting disease, also a prion disease, is decimating deer populations in the U.S., and although it's not thought to cross species, the possibility of human carriers is raised by the current research.

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