Max, D.T. The family that couldn't sleep; a medical mystery.MAX, D.T. The family that couldn't sleep; a medical mystery. Read by Grover Gardner. 7 cds. 9 hrs. Tantor Media. 2006. 1-4001-0289-8. $29.99. Vinyl; content, author, reader notes. SA
This is a fascinating account of the "prion prion (prī`ŏn), infectious agent thought to cause a group of diseases known as
prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. ," a word that refers to a type of infectious agent infectious agent Pathogen, see there made only of protein. Prions infect and propagate prop·a·gate
1. To cause an organism to multiply or breed.
2. To breed offspring.
3. To transmit characteristics from one generation to another.
4. by refolding abnormally and are resistant to destruction by heat, radiation, and other treatments. Prion diseases can be inherited, as in fatal familial insomnia Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) is a very rare autosomal dominant inherited disease of the brain. The dominant gene responsible has been found in just 40 families worldwide; if only one parent has the gene, the offspring have a 50% chance of inheriting it and developing the disease. (the Italian family that couldn't sleep): they include other fatal neurological disorders This is a list of major and frequently observed neurological disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's disease), symptoms (e.g.back pain), signs (e.g. aphasia) and syndromes (e.g. Aicardi syndrome). such as Mad Cow and scrapies. Gardner's narration is outstanding as he reads with a brisk pace and with genuine interest. Only occasionally does he give voices to the people involved, but when he does the accents are perfect. For scientifically minded YAs and adults: this should turn all who listen into consumers of organic-only meat and poultry. Prion diseases are scary. Sue Rosenzweig, Consultant, Lincoln, RI
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