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Prions can pass on beneficial traits, Stanford study finds

(Stanford University Medical Center) Prion proteins, best known as the agents of deadly brain disorders like mad cow disease, can help yeast survive hard times and pass the advantageous traits down to their offspring, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
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