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Mad cow disease airborne

University of Zurich researchers have discovered that prions – the infectious proteins that can causeCreutzfeldt-Jakob (mad cow) disease – can be transmitted through the air. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is characterized by a progressive and invariably lethal breakdown of brain cells. The surprising finding will likely mean a whole new raft of precautionary measures for scientific labs, […]

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Surgery linked to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

A Spanish study has found a significant correlation between the risk of certain neurological diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and general surgical procedures. The findings follow on from a separate study that showed that disease causing prions can form when brain tissue is exposed to iron. “Based on the monitoring records of spongiform encephalopathy […]

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