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Deadly To Cattle And Humans, Prions May Help Other Organisms Survive, Researchers Find

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January 24, 2000
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Molecular studies in yeast have yielded surprising evidence that the contorted proteins known as prions, often deadly to cattle and humans, may serve a beneficial role in some organisms, and possibly in humans. By analyzing the gene sequences of yeast and more complex organisms, researchers at UC San Francisco have also found evidence that prions might be far more common than had been previously suspected.

Molecular studies in yeast have yielded surprising evidence that the contorted proteins known as prions, often deadly to cattle and humans, may serve a beneficial role in some organisms, and possibly in humans. By analyzing the gene sequences of yeast and more complex organisms, researchers at UC San Francisco have also found evidence that prions might be far more common than had been previously suspected.


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University Of California, San Francisco. "Deadly To Cattle And Humans, Prions May Help Other Organisms Survive, Researchers Find." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 January 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000124074457.htm>.
University Of California, San Francisco. (2000, January 24). Deadly To Cattle And Humans, Prions May Help Other Organisms Survive, Researchers Find. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000124074457.htm
University Of California, San Francisco. "Deadly To Cattle And Humans, Prions May Help Other Organisms Survive, Researchers Find." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000124074457.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

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