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Subject: Do prions affect tissue other than nervous tissue?

Date: Sun Jan 11 09:19:44 2004
Posted by Kathleen
Grade level: teacher/prof School: Eastern Middle School
City: Riverside State/Province: CT Country: USA
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 1073834384.Me

With the first confirmed case of "Mad Cow Disease" in the United States, I
wanted to know whether prions affected tissue other than nervous tissue.  I know
that prions can cause Creutzfeld-Jacob Syndrome in humans and BSE in cows.  Can
prions cause other non-nervous tissue diseases in humans?

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