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Redefining What It Means to Be a Prion
April 2, 2009
Whitehead Institute researchers have found a large number of new prions, greatly expanding scientists' notion of how important prions might be in normal biology and demonstrating that they play many and varied roles in the inheritance of biological traits. Prions are misfolded proteins that clump together in cells. The most infamous known prion--PrP--causes bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as "mad cow" disease.
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
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