This article was originally published in Start Up
Mad cow disease, scrapie in sheep and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are members of a class of rare degenerative disease of the brain known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. TSE-infected animals have pathologically altered proteins called prions in their brains. Now, three sicentists from the University of Zurich have formed Prionics AG, to develop a sensitive test for prions using the abnormal protein as a marker for the disease.
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