prion disease research

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Mark Thogerson May 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm

Alzheimer’s is NOT a prion disease, and there is no hard evidence to show that it is transmissible. It is more of a degenerative condition.
Since BSE, CWD and other spongiform encephalopathies are caused by prions, and prions are proteins, anything that denatures proteins will render a prion harmless. Heat denatures and destroys proteins. Very few proteins survive boiling temperature; a few bacteria live in hot springs, and a few others live near deep sea ocean vents; they obviously have proteins that can survive at boiling temperatures. But if you are talking about an incinerator with an 1800F afterburner, not only would the proteins be denatured, but many of the amino acids that make them up would be destroyed.
As long as the incenerator is properly maintained and closely monitored, there should be no problem.
As a sidelight, I wonder if there are any regulations preventing people who die from CJD from being cremated…

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