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How do viruses and prions differ from each other?

How do viruses and prions differ from each other?

Chemically different: Prions are proteins. Viruses are nucleic acids - genetic information (rna viruses, dna viruses). ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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How are prions related to viruses?

How are prions related to viruses?

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 more

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Describe prion diseases?

Rare diseases: Prion diseases are rare disorders that the effected and transmitted by misfolded proteins. Read the site below for more information. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/prion-disease. ...Read more

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How does the prion get energy?

How does the prion get energy?

See below: Prions are abnormally folded proteins and per se do not need energy. The energy needed to make the precursor proteins is provided by the affected cells. ...Read more

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How common are prion diseases?

How common are prion diseases?

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

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How do prions multiply without nucleic acids?

How do prions multiply without nucleic acids?

Structure change: Prions are abnormally folded versions of normal proteins. When a prion comes into contact with the "normal" version of itself, it changes the normal protein's structure into a prion. ...Read more

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What is the difference between amyloid and prion?

What is the difference between amyloid and prion?

Protien vz dna/rna: Amyloid is a protein found in the brain associated with neurodegenerative conditions. A prion is a dna or RNA infective agent that can cause diseases. ...Read more

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Could i breathe in prions from a hamburger?

Could i breathe in prions from a hamburger?

Prions: Must be ingested ( not airborne ) See my editorial in ( British medical journal Lancet) prion proteins can occur spontaneously as well ) ...Read more

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How do prions work?

How do prions work?

Not clear: Prions are duplications of Amino Acid chains that populate the brain and crowd out the normal brain components, causing gradual dementia and motor changes and eventually death. There is no known cure. ...Read more

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