Genetic susceptibility, evolution and the kuru epidemic

  title={Genetic susceptibility, evolution and the kuru epidemic},
  author={Simon Mead and Jerome Whitfield and Mark Poulter and Paresh Shah and James Uphill and Jonathan Beck and Tracy Campbell and Huda Al-Dujaily and Holger Hummerich and Michael P. Alpers and John Collinge},
  booktitle={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
The acquired prion disease kuru was restricted to the Fore and neighbouring linguistic groups of the Papua New Guinea highlands and largely affected children and adult women. Oral history documents the onset of the epidemic in the early twentieth century, followed by a peak in the mid-twentieth century and subsequently a well-documented decline in frequency… CONTINUE READING