About this book
Fatal Familial Insomnia is a rare, inherited disease that has afflicted one noble Venetian family for centuries, striking at random and passing from generation to generation like a deadly dynastic curse. The cause? A rogue protein called a prion, which is impossible to destroy and is also responsible for Mad Cow Disease and scrapie in sheep.
Paperback edition of the book about a Venetian family whose inability to sleep led to their deaths, and how their obscure disorder may hold the secret of Mad Cow Disease. 'One of the best works of pop-sci of the past decade... Max is a terrific storyteller and has the rare knack of making complex... science accessible.' "Evening Standard"
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