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How Do Viruses And Prions Differ From Each Other
Infections: Prions and viruses can be transmitted from person to person, animal to animal. That is the only characteristic that is in common between viruses and prions. Viruses have typical genetic material, either dna or rna, and work with the host cell's own genetic machinery. Prions are abnormal proteins that encourage abnormal folding of proteins in the host. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Not very: Hi, the most common prion disease is CJD, with a uniform incidence of approximately 1 case per million population both in the United States and internationally. Familial forms of prion diseases, such as GSS and fatal familial insomnia (FFI), are much more rare. About 10% of cases of CJD are familial, with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance linked to mutations in the PRNP gene. ...Read more
By mouth: These abnormal proteins which can lead to brain degeneration are in food containing brain tissue from affected animals. Herds are checked for this so this incidence is very rare. Cooking does not destroy them. There are probably 1-3 cases of this in the us per year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not temp: It's a good question. Many bacterially affected food can be made safe by high temperature. Not so for prion infected meat. This means that whether cold or hot, badly prion infected meat cannot be made safe by heating. The good news is that prion-dangerous beef is exceedingly rare, whether processed or butchered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Traditionally classified human prion diseases include creuztfeld-jakob diseases (cjd), gerstmann-straussler-scheinker (gss) disease, fatal familial insomnia and kuru. Certain animal prion disease can be transmitted to humans including bovine spongifrm encephalopathy (mad cow disease), chronic wasting disease of mule deer and elk, and scrapie in sheep and goats. ...Read more
Tough question: There are about two dozen known prion diseases caused by more or less distinct prions. Yet the underlying prions do fal, into two large classes. Then there are normal prion type proteins found throughout the body and in the brain. The truth is that this is afield of such new and active research that a solid taxonomy has not yet been developed (so far as i know). ...Read more
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