Interesting news tidbit

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Tue, 27 Jan 1998 20:33:35 -0800

>Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 18:19:45 -0800
>From: Kayvan on his Pilot <>
>Subject: Interesting news tidbit
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>>From Reuters Health section:
>Genes Affect Prion Incubation Period - The time period between being
infected with a prion disease and showing signs of the disease appears to
be influenced by the genetic makeup of the host animal, according to a
paper in the February issue of Nature Genetics. Dr. Jean Manson of the
Institute for Animal Health in Edinburgh, Scotland, and UK colleagues
report that a study of genetically engineered mice has revealed that two
forms of a protein called PrP -- found normally in humans and animals --
plays a role in the length of the incubation period of a prion-related
disease. Such diseases include bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in
cows, scrapie in sheep, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans.
> ---Kayvan
>Kayvan Sylvan, Sylvan Associates
>kayvan@Sylvan.COM,, (408) 978-1407
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