Is a prion ...

Enigl enigl at aol.com
Tue May 13 15:40:47 EST 1997

In article <5l8mmd$ebi at news.whidbey.com>, bernie at whidbey.not writes:

>Or does this depend on how you define life?

A prion is a protein.  I don't know of any single proteins that are by any
definition, alive.

It is an infectious agent that modifies a normal form of protein to an
abnormal form.  A normal protein is similar to its self.  The abnormal
form accumulates in a cell causing the cell's death.  It is a new type of
biological toxin.  The replication of the prion is a new form of heredity
beyond the known DNA and RNA directed DNA heredity.  

Davin C. Enigl, (Sole Proprietorship) MEAS

Microbiology Consulting,  Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Points (HACCP), CGMP, and Validations
for the Food, Cosmetic, Nutritional  Supplement, and Pharmaceutical

enigl at aol.com

May 13, 1997
5:17 pm

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