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Laura Manuelidis

Laura Manuelidis is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).[1]

She has challenged the originally considered bizarre but now generally accepted explanation for the cause of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (better known as "Mad Cow Disease") and the human equivalent, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The generally accepted explanation was put forth by Stanley B. Prusiner, who won the 1997 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.[2] In his work, he coined the term prion ("proteinacious infectious agents") to refer to a previously undescribed form of infection due to malformed proteins.[3] In January 2007 Manuelidis and her colleagues published a contributed article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claiming that they found a virus that could be responsible for the diseases.[4] Manuelidis said, "Although much work remains to be done, there is a reasonable possibility these are the long sought viral particles that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, The [prion] is probably not infectious, but is a pathological result [of] an infectious virus binding to this host protein."[5]


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