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If a prion is just misfolded proteins, is it dead or alive? Does it have "life" encoded inside it?
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Metaphysically
Prions reproduce themselves by inducing the normally folded prion protein to misfold.
I would not think this is 'life' but it is open to interpretation.

In brief: Metaphysically
Prions reproduce themselves by inducing the normally folded prion protein to misfold.
I would not think this is 'life' but it is open to interpretation.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Peter Glusker
Neurology
In brief: Prion
Prions are proteins that have changed conformation, so that the normal function of the protein inside the cells won't work.
The prions' also causes other normal proteins to misfold and make more prions, spreading the process. The prions affect many cells in the body, but they particularly harm nerve cells in the brain, causing progressive rapid degeneration. They are not alive, and have no dna.

In brief: Prion
Prions are proteins that have changed conformation, so that the normal function of the protein inside the cells won't work.
The prions' also causes other normal proteins to misfold and make more prions, spreading the process. The prions affect many cells in the body, but they particularly harm nerve cells in the brain, causing progressive rapid degeneration. They are not alive, and have no dna.
Dr. Peter Glusker
Dr. Peter Glusker
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