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Study sheds light on prions' normal role

For over 20 years, scientists have known that abnormal prion proteins (PrP) can accumulate in the brain, causing diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. However, little is known about the normal function of PrP in the body. Now, researchers at the University of Konstanz, Germany, have shown that PrP helps cells communicate during embryonic development.


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