Slow Viruses and Prions

  • Stanley B. Prusiner
  • Ashley T. Haase


Almost two decades have passed since the discovery of the first human slow infection, kuru.1 Several additional slow infections of humans have been discovered in recent years, but all of these diseases are rather rare. Despite an intensive effort, it has not been possible to show that a common degenerative disorder possesses a slow infectious etiology. Either slow infections are indeed rare and not the cause of such disorders, or our present techniques are inadequate to detect most slow infectious agents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanley B. Prusiner
    • 1
  • Ashley T. Haase
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry and BiophysicsUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of California School of MedicineSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Veterans Administration HospitalSan FranciscoUSA

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