Prions develop resistance to drugs, study suggests

10/16/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

A new study has found that misfolded prion proteins that aggregate in human and animal diseases, including scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, develop resistance to drugs much like other pathogenic agents. The findings indicate that several drugs targeting different aspects of the disease process may be needed if scientists hope to develop a viable treatment for the devastating neurodegenerative diseases.

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