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Infectious processes : knowledge, discourse, and the politics of prions

Author: Eve Seguin; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Series: Science, technology, and medicine in modern history.
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In March 1996, the British Secretary of State for Health announced that 'Mad Cow Disease' (BSE) had transmitted to humans. One striking aspect of this new episode of the BSE crisis was the recurrent appearance of 'prions', thought to be the infectious agents of this disease. The history of prions displays several interesting characteristics. Prions are enigmatic agents usually described as 'infectious proteins',  Read more...
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Infectious processes.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
(DLC) 2004043624
(OCoLC)54415806
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Eve Seguin; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN: 9780230524392 0230524397
OCLC Number: 312463788
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 191 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: Prions? / E. Seguin --
PART I: KNOWLEDGE. The Early History of the Protein-Only Hypothesis. Scientific Change and Multidisciplinary Research / M.J. Poulsen & H. Andersen ; Styles of Scientific Practice and the Prion Controversy / K. Kim ; Paradigm Change? Explaining the Nature of the TSE Agent in Germany / K. Dressel --
PART II: DISCOURSE. Visualizing Prions, Graphic Representations and the Biography of Prions / J. Segal & E. Francoeur --
PART III: POLITICS. Prion Research and the Public Sphere in France / B. Chamak ; The UK BSE Crisis and the Prion Discursive Chain in Scientific Literature / E. Seguin --
Conclusion: The Prion Case / E. Seguin.
Series Title: Science, technology, and medicine in modern history.
Responsibility: edited by Eve Seguin.
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In March 1996, the British Secretary of State for Health announced that 'Mad Cow Disease' (BSE) had transmitted to humans. One striking aspect of this new episode of the BSE crisis was the recurrent appearance of 'prions', thought to be the infectious agents of this disease. The history of prions displays several interesting characteristics. Prions are enigmatic agents usually described as 'infectious proteins', whose pathogenecity is not yet fully understood. If the prion hypothesis, which holds that BSE and similar diseases are caused by such agents, is now widely accepted by the scientific community, many researchers are still disputing it. In the 1980s, Stanley Pruisner, the proponent of the prion hypothesis, was regarded as an heretic. In 1997, however, he won the Nobel Prize for medicine for his discovery of prions. Ths book sheds light on such paradoxical features and is the first to look at the prion case from an historical and social perspective.

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