Prion science is not cold fusion

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7141.1389 (Published 02 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1389
  1. D R O Morrison, Emeritus scientist (douglas.morrison@cern.ch)
  1. CH-1296 Coppet, Switzerland

    EDITOR—In her news item describing the award of the 1997 Nobel prize to Stan Prusiner, Deborah Josefson stated correctly that some people are still sceptical about the prion hypothesis.1 However, Robert Rohwer is quoted as calling prions the “cold fusion of infectious diseases.” Having studied both cold fusion2-4 and prions,5 I believe that this comment is completely inappropriate and unfair.

    When Fleischmann and Pons claimed that cold fusion could solve the world's energy …

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