Phenocopies

Kuru, New Variant CJD, and the Other Prion Diseases. Phenocopies appear initially to be inherited conditions, but upon closer inspection turn out to be, either wholly or in part, due to an environmental agency. The thalidomide babies of the 1960s, for example, were teratogen-induced phenocopies of phocomelia.

Kuru is a chronic, progressive, uniformly fatal transmissible neurodegenerative disease now suspected to be a phenocopy, and is caused by a prion. Several other prion diseases also exist, such as new variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD); because the prion diseases may not be wholly environmental, however, these will be discussed in more detail below.

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