Is a prion ...

Martin Jugenburg martin.jugenburg at utoronto.ca
Wed May 14 19:25:45 EST 1997

Prion is a regular brain protein that just happens to be modified
(glycosylated) in a unique manner.  It is not alive because: 1)  it
doesn't replicate 2) is doesn't code for itself.  What it does is it
modifies other existing proteins that it comes in contact with.

Karl Roberts wrote:

> Once again, this is subject to the interpretation of the individual.
> To
> me, it is an acellular biological entity.  I am much more interested
> in
> the pathogenic properties of this phenomenon than its status as a
> "living" thing.
> Joe
> On Tue, 13 May 1997 bernie at whidbey.not wrote:
> > ...alive?
> >
> > Or does this depend on how you define life?
> > --
> > Clever Hands
> > (The ".not" is a ".net" not a ".not")
> > Blessed are the weak for without them the strong would starve.
> >
> >

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