Bent Out Of Shape: Could A Mysterious Animal Epidemic Become The Next Mad Cow?

Outlet: KUNC

KUNC: “They’re just very different from traditional pathogens,” said Kaitlyn Wagner, who researches prions at Colorado State University. She says the prions that cause chronic wasting disease start out as normal proteins. All mammals have normal prions, sitting on the surfaces of our healthy cells. The difference between a good prion and a bad one is the shape.