The number of neurological conditions associated with the mutant "prion"
proteins continues to grow. The list includes BSE and scrapie, which affect
cattle and sheep respectively, and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, which affects
humans. This is an area of intense interest to neuroscientists, veterinary
scientists, and clinicians. It has also attracted significant media attention
with the recent outbreak of mad cow disease in Britain because of the potential
risks to humans.
This book brings together leading researchers in the field, including S.
Prusiner--the researcher who first suggested that the cause of prion diseases is
a protein rather than a virus. The volume represents the most up-to-date and
authoritative summary available. It