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Lichens found to degrade chronic wasting's prions May 18, 2011

Lichens found to degrade chronic wasting's prions May 18, 2011  Wisconsin  Disease  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Deer undoubtedly eat lichens while browsing for food. "We are constantly looking for something that might limit the spread of CWD," Johnson said of his federal laboratory, ...

The study by researchers at a federal government animal health laboratory in Wisconsin showed that certain lichen organisms contain an enzyme that is capable of degrading prions.

Prions are an infectious agent responsible for causing CWD. They are notoriously difficult to destroy.

The study by scientists at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison was published May 11 in the online scientific journal PLoS One.

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