PrioNet Canada to Link Researchers Who Study Mad Cow and Other Prion Diseases | GenomeWeb

About 60 researchers from 18 Canadian research institutions are in the process of establishing a research network to investigate three prion diseases in an effort to develop vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for the fatal illnesses.

The researchers will use both proteomic and genomic techniques to try to find biomarkers for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or "mad cow" disease; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease; and Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal prion disease present in captive and wild cervids, including deer and elk.

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