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Originally posted by Curious_Agnostic
If a cannibal eats a relative, is it considered insest?
The brain diseases, called prion diseases, are characterized by loss of coordination, dementia, paralysis, and eventually death. Modern examples include Creutzfeld Jacob disease and kuru in humans and mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, in animals.
The diseases are caused by mishappen molecules that clump together and accumulate in brain tissue. These molecules, called prion proteins, normally reside on the surface of brain cells, though their function is unknown.
Scientists believe the mishappen prion proteins somehow cause normal prions to form incorrectly, making it easy for them to clump together. These clumps cause the formation of small cavities in the brain similar to holes in a sponge.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
Man, I'm gonna have nightmares from the movie "Hannibal" because of you.
How can there be so much cannibalism going on that we have developed delicacies?