New prion disease raises questions about whether Alzheimer's and Parkinson's could be infectious

Colin Masters, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Research published last week has identified the first new human prion disease in 50 years. The paper’s lead author, Stanley Prusiner, who won the Nobel prize in 1997 for his discovery that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) could be transmitted by a “misfolded” protein, says this new disease is also potentially infectious.

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