Date of Award


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First Reader

Dr. Victor Oliver

Second Reader

Dr. Joe Jeffers

Third Reader

Professor Ken Sandifer


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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