The list is discussing a 1991 book by Niklaus and Kaplan. In fact Kaplan
has been expressing the idea of cytoplasmic, rather than cellular, organisms
for over a decade. Bioscience ran a good article by Kaplan within the past
year (maybe Fall 1991 or Spring 1992), for anyone who wants to scan the
salient portions of this idea, complete with experiental evidence.