posted on Nov, 23 2015 @ 08:04 AM
a reply to: Alexithymia
Yes - prions are fascinating. My issue with Ingram is that he maintains the fiction that the brain protein named 'prion' is the only infectious
misfolded protein. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
When Prusiner brought prions into the limelight (he didn't really "discover" them), it already was recognized that virtually any protein could misfold
and become infectious - and the very name highlighted that fact. "Prion" stands for "proteinaceous infectious particles." However, for various
political and economic reasons, a single protein in the brain was re-named "the prion protein" (shortly after Prusiner received his Nobel prize), and
most fruitful discussion and research into prions was effectively quashed.
Fortunately, despite considerable effort to "contain" peoples' awareness of prions, it now is clear that prions are an epigenetic mechanism - and play
an essential role in evolution. This is what interests me.
Ingram's inaccurate descriptions are ridiculously simplistic, serve mainly to support the disinformation campaign - and incidentally, protect industry
from the threat of liability.