NIAID Scientists Develop "Mini-Brain" Model of Human Prion Disease

"National Institutes of Health scientists have used human skin cells to create what they believe is the first cerebral organoid [a 3D organ model] system, or "mini-brain," for studying sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).  CJD is a fatal neurodegenerative brain disease of humans believed to be caused by infectious prion protein.  It affects about 1 in 1 million people."....Source:  National Institute of Allergy/Infectious Diseases [NIAID]/June, 2019 newsletter

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