Fascinating stuff: New brain disease
9 Sep 2015
Stanley B. Prusiner: Nobel Laureate and Team Discover New Infectious Brain Disease
A new prion, or abnormal protein, has been found to cause multiple-system atrophy, according to a National Academy of Sciences report. This is the first new type of prion discovered in 50 years.
New Prion Disease Raises Questions About Whether Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s Could Be Infectious
Paywall, but free abstract: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/08/27/1514475112.full.pdf