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Transmission of Prions

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Air date: Wednesday, April 7, 2004, 3:00:00 PM
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Category: WALS - Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
Runtime: 01:08:24
Description: I will summarize the current state of knowledge regarding the nature of the scrapie agent, or prion, and its mode of propagation through an infected organism. I will describe some of the prion's unusual properties in regard to its capacity to bind to the surface of various materials such as steel and plastic while retaining infectivity. Isolation of cell lines highly sensitive to prions have allowed us to establish an in vitro assay for the infectious agent and has allowed further insights into its properties.

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Charles Weissmann

The NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series includes weekly scientific talks by some of the top researchers in the biomedical sciences worldwide.
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Author: Charles Weissmann, M.D., Ph.D., University College London
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