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Procedures for Identifying Infectious Prions After Passage Through the Digestive System of an Avian Species

DOI :

10.3791/50853-v

November 6th, 2013

November 6th, 2013

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1Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center, USDA

Scavengers have potential to translocate infectious transmissible spongiform encephalopathy prions in their feces to disease-free areas. We detail methods used to determine if mouse-adapted scrapie prions remain infectious after passage though the digestive tract of American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos), a common consumer of dead animals.

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