Open Questions: Prions
See also: Protein chemistry and biology
- Short list of links, by
- Categorized site directory. Entries usually include
Sites with general resources
- Very good general information on prions and prion diseases,
with a few external links, by Shaun Heaphy.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease/Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
- Pages on these diseases produced by the UK Department of Health.
- A collection of resources on prion diseases, provided by the U. S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NIAID Research on Prion Diseases
- Single-page summary on prion disease research sponsored by the U. S.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
- Page provided by the World Health Organization, providing
brief information and links to other resources.
New Scientist: BSE and vCJD
- News articles from New Scientist on BSE and vCJD,
and prions in general.
- Home page of the discoverer of prions. Includes a brief
summary and list of publications.
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
- Article from
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy,
Mad Cow's Human Toll
- Brief May 2001 article from Scientific American,
subtitled "The unfolding mystery of prion disease and its ultimate
Blood Test for Prions?
- November 2000 Scientific American news article about
a test for prions that uses blood plasminogens.
Stopping Prions from Going Mad
- May 2000 Scientific American In Depth article, subtitled
"Researchers scramble to learn how to disarm the infectious
agents behind mad cow disease, scrapie and their human counterpart,
What is a Prion?
- October 1999 Scientific American Ask the Experts feature,
with answers by several scientists.
How Prions Leap Species
- March 8, 2001 news article from Scientific American.
The Prion Anomaly
Seed Magazine, December-January 2006
The Prion Diseases
Stanley B. Prusiner
Scientific American, January 1995, pp. 48-57
- Although prions do not contain genetic material, they are able
to reproduce by reshaping a host's proteins into copies of themselves.
Prion infections cause neurodegenerative diseases in animals and
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