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A fatal degenerative disease of the brain caused by a prion, formerly found among certain peoples of New Guinea and transmitted by the consumption of human flesh during mortuary rites.

[Fore (language of eastern Papua New Guinea).]
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(Pathology) a degenerative disease of the nervous system, restricted to certain tribes in New Guinea, marked by loss of muscular control and thought to be caused by a slow virus
[C20: from a native name]
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(ˈkʊər u)

a fatal disease of the nervous system, resembling scrapie in sheep, reported among highland New Guinea peoples who ritually eat the brains of their dead kin.
[1955–60; < Fore, a language of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New GuineaPapuan]
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Noun1.kuru - a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by increasing lack of coordination and advancing to paralysis and death within a year of the appearance of symptoms; thought to have been transmitted by cannibalistic consumption of diseased brain tissue since the disease virtually disappeared when cannibalism was abandoned
nervous disorder, neurological disease, neurological disorder - a disorder of the nervous system
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Her iki grup arasinda kasinti, yabanci cisim hissi, sulanma, kizariklik gibi kuru goz bulgulari degerlendirildiginde calisma grubunda bu sikayetlerden en az birine sahip olan 17 (%50) hasta var iken, kontrol grubunda 26 (%29,2) hastada mevcuttu.
Mr Kuru's account was backed up by a shop assistant and a customer in the shop at the time of the incident who said that if he had been in the shop owner's position "he would have punched the councillor".
Among the scholars who will attend the conference are Professor E[currency]E-krE- Hanioy-lu from Princeton University; Ahmet Kuru from San Diego State University; Hasan Kayaly from the University of California, San Diego; Yeliz Baloy-lu from Brandeis University; Omar Ashour from Exeter University; Soli Euzel from Kadir Has University; Hamit Bozarslan from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Michael Werz from the US-based think tank Center for American Progress; Dlawer Ala'Aldeen from the University of Nottingham and Faruk Ekmekci and GE[micro]khan Bacyk from ypek University.
In order to emphasize Fore agency in this collection, the subtitle is Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen, and the beautiful cover image shows some Highlanders examining Vin Zigas, Gajdusek's early collaborator.
Earlier in their submissions, both Dr Banire who led the delegation and Kuru, AMCON managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, highlighted some of the high-profile obligors of the Corporation including some 350 individuals that account for 80 per cent of the entire debt obligation.
Scientists have discovered that the condition, called fatal familial insomnia, arises from a genetic mutation that creates prions, the same kind of misshapen proteins that cause scrapie, mad cow disease, kuru, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
And Kuru, a brain disease which devastated the Fore tribe in Papua New Guinea in the first half of the 20th century, is linked with cannibalism.
Campbell sent Kuru the wrong way from the spot and the next step for these boys is massive.
The chapters describe diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, kuru, mad cow disease (BSE), chronic wasting disease and scrapie, highlighting their biochemical, molecular biological, genetic, and clinical aspects.
Kuru Kuru Sushi, Minga Inc.; Min, Byungsam; Min, Judy Inhyang have applied to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 11 Bellwether Way Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98225.