Category: Biosolids & Sewage

biosolids & sewage

prion disease research

Prion Survive Wastewater Treatment By Michael Woods Scientists in Wisconsin are reporting in a paper scheduled for the July 1 issue of ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology that typical wastewater treatment processes do not degrade prions. Prions, rogue proteins that cause incurable brain infections such as Mad Cow disease and its human equivalent, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease […]

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Sewage Sludge Expands Prion Pathways Soil may serve as an environmental reservoir for prion infectivity and contribute to the horizontal transmission of prion diseases (transmissible spongiform encephalopathies [TSEs]) of sheep, deer, and elk. TSE infectivity can persist in soil for years, and we previously demonstrated that the deadly form of the prion protein binds to soil […]

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Infectious Waste and Prion Disease I wish that I could support wastewater reclamation and the application of sewage sludge (biosolids) on open land. Unfortunately, I have reversed course on my position over the past decade and now I only see unacceptable risks. The reason for my reversal is an unstoppable, deadly protein particle called a prion. […]

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Wastewater Reclamation and Prion Disease When Alice Cho Snyder and her husband Mark bought a 13-acre farm near Everett, Wash., last July, they thought they were going to be organic farmers, not the epicenter of a biosolids storm. Shortly after the Snyders closed on the property, Snohomish County officials notified the couple that biosolids were […]

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Biosolids and Prion Disease Colm Kelleher, the author of Brain Trust: The Hidden Connection Between Mad Cow Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease is a fascinating book that covers al lot of ground quickly. It connects many dots about deadly prion diseases. One pathway that he doesn’t mention is sewage sludge (also known as biosolids), which exposes livestock, wildlife […]

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