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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.
Novel approach promises easier way to detect protein fibers implicated in neuro-degenerative diseases

Novel approach promises easier way to detect protein fibers implicated in neuro-degenerative diseases

Research shows how prion-like proteins critical for maintaining long-term memories

Research shows how prion-like proteins critical for maintaining long-term memories

UAlberta scientists explore physical principles underlying formation of misfolded protein aggregates

UAlberta scientists explore physical principles underlying formation of misfolded protein aggregates

Academics from University of Zurich selected to receive EU's most prestigious research grant

Academics from University of Zurich selected to receive EU's most prestigious research grant

Grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions

Grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions

Spanish scientists find apatite bioceramics from shark teeth for implants

Spanish scientists find apatite bioceramics from shark teeth for implants

Study identifies small loop in human prion protein that resists chronic wasting disease

Study identifies small loop in human prion protein that resists chronic wasting disease

TSRI scientists discover novel mechanism involved in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS

TSRI scientists discover novel mechanism involved in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS

'Mad Cow' discovery points to possible neuron killing mechanism behind alzheimer’s and parkinson’s diseases

'Mad Cow' discovery points to possible neuron killing mechanism behind alzheimer’s and parkinson’s diseases

Scrapie pathogens can convert human prion protein to a pathological state

Scrapie pathogens can convert human prion protein to a pathological state

First successful vaccination of deer against chronic wasting disease

First successful vaccination of deer against chronic wasting disease

UC Berkeley, UCSF researchers team up to create center for neurodegenerative disease research

UC Berkeley, UCSF researchers team up to create center for neurodegenerative disease research

Revolutionary Hypo-tec Needlestick Injury Prevention Product enters North American market

Revolutionary Hypo-tec Needlestick Injury Prevention Product enters North American market

Infectious prion protein is marker for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Infectious prion protein is marker for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Prions and their shadow proteins: an interview with Dr Jiri Safar, Co-Director of the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center

Prions and their shadow proteins: an interview with Dr Jiri Safar, Co-Director of the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center

Research uncovers new mechanism in brain cells that may help keep deadly neurological diseases in check

Research uncovers new mechanism in brain cells that may help keep deadly neurological diseases in check

Research findings may offer new way to treat prion diseases

Research findings may offer new way to treat prion diseases

Research: Creuztfeldt-Jakob disease might be transmitted by blood transfusion

Research: Creuztfeldt-Jakob disease might be transmitted by blood transfusion

Discovery may lead to curing of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease via photo therapy

Discovery may lead to curing of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease via photo therapy

Recombinant human prion protein stops propagation of prions, say researchers

Recombinant human prion protein stops propagation of prions, say researchers