By Stanley B. Prusiner,David L. Michelmore

In 1997, Stanley B. Prusiner bought a Nobel Prize, the world's such a lot prestigious award for achievement in body structure or medication. That he used to be the only real recipient of the award for the yr was once totally applicable. His fight to spot the agent accountable for ravaging the brains of animals struggling with scrapie and mad cow disorder, and of people with Creutzfeldt-Jakob sickness, have been waged mostly on my own and in certain cases within the face of strenuous disagreement.
during this ebook, Prusiner tells the impressive tale of his discovery of prions—infectious proteins that copy and reason sickness yet strangely comprise no genetic material—and finds how exceptional and meticulous technology is admittedly practiced with gifted groups of researchers who persevere. He recounts the frustrations and rewards of years of analysis and provides interesting images of his friends as they raced to find the reasons of deadly mind ailments. Prusiner’s speculation, as soon as thought of heresy, now stands as accredited technology and the foundation for constructing diagnoses and eventual treatments. He closes with a meditation at the legacy of his discovery: what's going to it take to treatment Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s and different devastating ailments of the brain?

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