As requested, I AmA graduate student in a prion research lab focused on prion transmission and persistence in the environment. Ask me anything!
There have been a few posts lately about prions due to the recent news that 15 people in the northeastern part of the US may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. People still have a lot of questions about prions, and I'm here to try answer them as best I can.
EDIT (12:40 CST): I have to go to a meeting for an hour or two, but I'll be back to answer more as soon as I can. EDIT (3:15 CST): I was back, but have to go again for a bit. I'll answer more again later. Thanks all!