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Common Soil Mineral Degrades the Nearly Indestructible Prion

January 14, 2009

deer A team of Wisconsin researchers has found that a common soil mineral, an oxidized form of manganese known as birnessite, can penetrate the prion's armor and degrade the protein. Full Story

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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