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Prions Madcow mechanism

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Uploaded on Jan 31, 2007

A short animation on the mechanism of prion diseases. The entry of the infectious prion proteins (red) is still up for debate. Once they enter the nervous tissue however, they are thought change normal PrP proteins in our brains to look like themselves (red to green change). The two red proteins then split and go on to find two more normal (green) proteins to convert. The process continues until a plaque forms (Death-Star at the end)and some other side-effects develop.

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