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hey, do Prions (ones that cause BSE) stay alive for long periods of time? I mean as in once theyve killed one species, will they be able to kill many more? and for how long?
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Prions are, it seems, only proteins, and therefore not really alive. Whether they main infective and effective remains to be seen.
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What do you mean by killing a species?
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Prions are defective proteins that have the ability to change normal proteins into prions... also they are less suspectible to denaturation and attack by enzymes so they will still remain in the food chain...

Cows brain is not eaten (really disgusting I think??) cause the prions that are there might enter your system and start converting your brain proteins to prions...
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That doesn't really answer his question though, does it?
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(Original post by MadNatSci)
What do you mean by killing a species?
I meant as in killing a cow...then moving to the next. But I have completed my task anyway. Thanks for your help .
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