Other Acellular Entities: Prions and Viroids

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Prions are responsible for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which has resulted in over 100 human deaths in Great Britain during the last 10 years. How do humans obtain this disease?

Hint:

This prion-based disease is transmitted through human consumption of infected meat.

How are viroids like viruses?

Hint:

They both replicate in a cell, and they both contain nucleic acid.