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CHAIN FUCKING REACTION Evidence emerges that Alzheimerís disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinsonís, may be transmissible

 
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CHAIN FUCKING REACTION Evidence emerges that Alzheimerís disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinsonís, may be transmissible
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The story, reported in Nature this week, starts with the fact that medical and surgical procedures can transmit prion diseases, which are progressive neurodegenerative disorders first seen in animals. From the late 1950s to 1985, about 30,000 people worldwide, mostly children, received injections of human growth hormone to treat their short stature. This hormone had been extracted from thousands of human pituitary glands taken from cadavers. Unfortunately some extracts contained prions, abnormal infectious proteins. A small percentage of these patientsóup to 6.3%, in one national sampleóeventually went on to develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a neurological disorder.

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