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First results of vCJD survey show no signs of prion

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1226
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Wales

    First results from a study of human tissues have shown no evidence of the abnormal prion protein associated with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

    A total of 3170 specimens of tonsil and appendix tissue were examined for traces of the protein as part of a study designed to help assess the number of cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) that may be incubating in the adult UK population.

    Estimates of the total number of cases have varied widely over the past few years, from half a million down to 100. …

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