brain of one patient who died from sporadic CJD Credit: Case Western Reserve University
The brain of one patient who died from sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (sCJD) appears nearly identical to the brain of a mouse inoculated with infectious prions taken from the skin of patients who died from sCJD.

Prion protein found in skin of CJD patients

Results raise questions about possible transmissibility of prion diseases and use of skin samples for detection.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and collaborators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have detected abnormal prion protein in the skin of nearly two dozen people who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

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