First results of vCJD survey show no signs of prionBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7244.1226/a (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1226
- Roger Dobson
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. …