Prusiner, Stanley B


The American scientist Stanley B. Prusiner received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of proteins whose pathogenic form is responsible for human ailments such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD).

Keywords: Prusiner; prion; slow virus; Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease; kuru; Nobel prize

Further Reading

Anderson W (2008) The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Cooke J (1998) Cannibals, Cows, and the CJD Catastrophe. Milsons Point, NSW: Random House Australia.

Kim K (2007) The Social Construction of Disease, From Scrapie to Prion. London/New York: Routledge.

Prusiner Stanely B (1995) The prion diseases. Scientific American 272: 48–56.

Rhodes R (1997) Deadly Feasts, Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Ridley R and Baker H (1998) Fatal Protein: The Story of CJD, BSE, and Other Prion Diseases. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Seguin E (ed.) (2004) Infectious Processes, Knowledge, Discourse and the Politics of Prions. Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Anderson, Warwick(Sep 2011) Prusiner, Stanley B. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003600]