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Mad Cow Disease or BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion. The nature of the transmissible agent is not well understood. Currently, the most accepted theory is that the agent is a modified form of a normal protein known as prion protein. For reasons that are not yet understood, the normal prion protein changes into a pathogenic (harmful) form that then damages the central nervous system of cattle.
Researchers develop new gene-targeted approach to study chronic wasting disease in mice

Researchers develop new gene-targeted approach to study chronic wasting disease in mice

"Zombie Deer" disease scare

"Zombie Deer" disease scare

Skin samples hold early signs of prion disease, research suggests

Skin samples hold early signs of prion disease, research suggests

Alzheimer's could possibly be spread via contaminated neurosurgery

Alzheimer's could possibly be spread via contaminated neurosurgery

Eyes may be portal for prions to enter the body finds study

Eyes may be portal for prions to enter the body finds study

Researchers produce artificial antibody capable of blocking prions in the laboratory

Researchers produce artificial antibody capable of blocking prions in the laboratory

Mad Cow disease found on Aberdeenshire farm

Mad Cow disease found on Aberdeenshire farm

Study sheds light on molecular mechanisms underlying progression of prion diseases

Study sheds light on molecular mechanisms underlying progression of prion diseases

Hsp90 protein appears to stimulate exosome release

Hsp90 protein appears to stimulate exosome release

UConn microbiologists find evidence for antibiotic resistance in leech's gut

UConn microbiologists find evidence for antibiotic resistance in leech's gut

Study finds no evidence of chronic wasting disease transmissibility in macaques

Study finds no evidence of chronic wasting disease transmissibility in macaques

Study points to possible targets for therapeutic intervention in the fight against ALS

Study points to possible targets for therapeutic intervention in the fight against ALS

Postnova’s AF2000 FFF system used to unlock mystery of neurodegenerative diseases

Postnova’s AF2000 FFF system used to unlock mystery of neurodegenerative diseases

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patients harbor infectious prions in their skin

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patients harbor infectious prions in their skin

Protein research could pave way to potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

Protein research could pave way to potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

New antibodies may halt key pathological mechanisms across several neurological diseases

New antibodies may halt key pathological mechanisms across several neurological diseases

Research suggests how malformed proteins linked to Parkinson’s could spread from the gut to the brain

Research suggests how malformed proteins linked to Parkinson’s could spread from the gut to the brain

Study unravels mystery of how nerve cells are damaged in neurodegenerative diseases

Study unravels mystery of how nerve cells are damaged in neurodegenerative diseases

New research shows how to prevent prions from growing into deadly diseases

New research shows how to prevent prions from growing into deadly diseases

Structure of unique amyloid fibrils could lead to discovery of new antibiotics

Structure of unique amyloid fibrils could lead to discovery of new antibiotics