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The Family That Couldn't Sleep by D.T. Max
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Aug 12, 08

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bookshelves: history, non-fiction, science
Read in August, 2008

An exploration of prions, from the Fatal Familial Insomnia that effects the titular family, to kuru in Papua New Guinea, to scrapie and BSE in animals, to mad cow and CJD. The book discusses some of the science behind how prions do what they do, and the history of how they were discovered, not skimping on describing the very large personalities of the researchers. After reading this book, I am both reassured and nervous. And disgusted by how many products bone meal manages to get into.

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Elena Um...ew.

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