Prions: the danger of biochemical weapons

Prions: the danger of biochemical weapons

Autor Xavier, Eric Almeida Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Instituição Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Resumo The knowledge of biotechnology increases the risk of using biochemical weapons for mass destruction. Prions are unprecedented infectious pathogens that cause a group of fatal neurodegenerative diseases by a novel mechanism. They are transmissible particles that are devoid of nucleic acid. Due to their singular characteristics, Prions emerge as potential danger since they can be used in the development of such weapons. Prions cause fatal infectious diseases, and to date there is no therapeutic or prophylactic approach against these diseases. Furthermore, Prions are resistant to food-preparation treatments such as high heat and can find their way from the digestive system into the nervous system; recombinant Prions are infectious either bound to soil particles or in aerosols. Therefore, lethal Prions can be developed by malicious researchers who could use it to attack political enemies since such weapons cause diseases that could be above suspicion.
Palavra-chave Prions
biochemical weapons
Prion diseases
Prions danger to the environment
Prions risk alert
Idioma Inglês
Data de publicação 2014-09-01
Publicado em Food Science and Technology (Campinas). Sociedade Brasileira de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos, v. 34, n. 3, p. 433-440, 2014.
ISSN 0101-2061 (Sherpa/Romeo)
Publicador Sociedade Brasileira de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos
Extensão 433-440
Fonte http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1678-457x.6342
Direito de acesso Acesso aberto Open Access
Tipo Artigo
SciELO S0101-20612014000300001 (estatísticas na SciELO)
Endereço permanente http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/8601

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