Title

Kuru

Date of Award

1984

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Victor Oliver

Second Advisor

Dr. Joe Jeffers

Third Advisor

Mr. Ken Sandifer

Abstract

The paper begins with a discussion on the discovery of kuru, a degenerative disease of the central nervous system. This is followed by a look at the cultural life of the Fore tribe, the natural hosts of kuru. The clinical characteristics, laboratory data, post-mortem findings and histopathology of kuru victims are also discussed.

The extensive transmission experiments involving kuru is the next topic presented. Next, a classification of disease, the origin of kuru the infectious agent involved, the etiology, the epidemiology and a possible genetic basis for kuru is given.

The paper ends with a look into some of the most recent and promising experiments involving kuru.

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