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November 2, 2023

A Bioinformatic Approach to “Zombie Deer” Prion Disease

I would like to thank Dr. Lori Boies for her guidance and feedback that gave me confidence to continue with researching this topic. Bioinformatics is a field that is rapidly growing and evolving, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute and inform others of its importance. To my anonymous peer editors, thank you for your comments and feedback, as they made revision much less stressful for me. Finally, I’d like to thank Dr. Gary Ogden, for making me aware of this issue and its recent appearance in cities like San Antonio.

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chronic wasting disease


prion proteins

prion viruses

Recent Comments

Atziry Juarez

I like the visuals on your infographic! They make it easy to follow what you are saying. I really like how you explained what the “Zombie deer disease” was because I was unaware of such a thing!. I was wondering if there has been any research on how this disease gets to the animals? Is it because of what they eat? Or is it transmitted from animal to animal?. Overall your infographic was great! It’s really important to keep people and most importantly hunters aware of the risks they may face if they do not take the deers to a TPWD before harvesting them.



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A’marie Pollard

I knew I this infographic was going to be interesting as soon as I heard zombie. I love the style of the infographic and I learned that deer’s can carry a disease that make them appear in a zombie like trance. I think this is especially important for people who like to hunt they should be careful of any deer’s that appear sickly because they can carry the CWS disease. Good Job loved the infographic!



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