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Lichens May Aid in Combating Deadly Chronic Wasting Disease in Wildlife May 17, 2011







Lichens May Aid in Combating Deadly Chronic Wasting Disease in Wildlife  May 17, 2011 Wisconsin  Deer Disease  United States Geological Survey (press release)

Certain lichens can break down the infectious proteins responsible for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a troubling neurological disease fatal to wild deer and elk and spreading throughout the United States and Canada, according to US Geological Survey ...  Chronic wasting disease was first diagnosed in the 1960s and has since been detected in 19 states and two Canadian provinces.  The study, “Degradation of the disease-associated prion protein by a serine protease from lichens,” was published inPLoS ONE and is freely accessible to the public. The study was authored by USGS scientists Christopher Johnson, James Bennett and Tonie Rocke, as well as authors from Montana State University and the University of Wisconsin.



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