Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) diseases are known to be zoonotic diseases that can infect different kinds of animals.
This finding concludes that mouse-adapted agents 139A and ME7 change their pathogenic characteristics during the transmission to hamsters. The novel prions in hamsters' brains obtain new molecular properties with hamster-specificity.
No more mouse kebabs, people.... Seriously, though, this is rather sinister in terms of expanding the known "phylogenetic gap" that prions can cross