A urine test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease?

Written by Lauren Pulling

Researchers from the MRC Prion Unit at University College London (UCL; London, UK) have developed a urine test that could be used in the diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). The test detects the presence of abnormal prion proteins typical of the neurodegenerative disorder and could soon replace the multitude of tests currently used to diagnose the disease. The neurology field is becoming increasingly aware of the significant role of prion proteins, which are now implicated in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, highlighting the need for a suitable diagnostic test for prion diseases. At present, there is no definitive test...

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