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Prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are fatal neurological disorders with long incubation periods (3-6 years in cattle, 15-50 years in humans). The onset of clinical signs of disease becomes evident only during the last months before death. TSEs include scrapie in sheep and goats, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. There remain considerable challenges in the diagnosis and understanding of animal TSEs that we are actively investigating. These include:
Some of our currently active projects are listed below with the name of a contact person for further information:
Significant highlights of our ongoing research are:
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