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How are prions related to viruses?

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Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Dutka
Dr. Andrew Dutka
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In brief: Mostly not

Prions replicate without replication machinery (nucleic acid, etc.
) they duplicate themselves in the way that crystals do. This was nobel prize winning stuff. Before he won, stanley prusiner was accused of peddling "the cold fusion of virology".

In brief: Mostly not

Prions replicate without replication machinery (nucleic acid, etc.
) they duplicate themselves in the way that crystals do. This was nobel prize winning stuff. Before he won, stanley prusiner was accused of peddling "the cold fusion of virology".
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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