Prion Disease Update

Prion diseases, or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) as they are sometimes called, are a group of related neurodegenerative disorders where there is so-called spongiform degeneration of the brain. Under the microscope, sections of affected brain tissue look like a sponge. Such diseases include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) in cattle, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk and the human diseases such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD).

Learn more about these diseases from the MicrobiologyBytes podcast!


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