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Stanley B. PrusinerBorn 28 May 1942.Stanley Ben Prusiner is an American neurologist whose discovery (1982) of the prions as a new biological principle of infection won him the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Prions are novel infectious agents differing from all other known pathogenic agents. They are simple proteins that are much smaller than viruses. They are unique since they lack a genome. All other known infectious agents contain genetic material.
Death in the Family
A man in a bar sees a friend at a table, drinking by himself.
Approaching the friend he comments, "You look terrible.
What's the problem?"
"My mother died in June," he said, "and left me $10,000."
"Gee, that's tough," he replied.
"Then in July," the friend continued, "My father died, leaving me $50,000."
"Wow. Two parents gone in two months. No wonder you're depressed."
"And last month my aunt died, and left me $15,000."
"Three close family members lost in three months?
"Then this month," continued, the friend, "nothing!"