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Rabbit calici virus adapts? (Alwyn Smith)

Brian Sandle bsandle at southern.co.nz
Wed Dec 13 08:45:33 EST 1995

Ross & Kathy Bloore (dingo.cc.uq.oz.au) wrote:
: bsandle at southern.co.nz (Brian Sandle) wrote:
: >I have recently heard Alwyn Smith of Oregon State University speaking
: >about rabbit calici virus. He says that the people who say it will not
: >adapt to other species are hoping that it will differ from other calici
: >viruses in that respect. The other calici viruses do adapt.
: >
: >It is being debated whether to release it in New Zealand.
: >
: >Any ideas?
: >
: >Brian Sandle. Shell to snail? bsandle at southern.co.nz
: >
: The CSIRO (the Govt science organisation) in Australia reckons that Smith 
: isn't up with the latest on the virus, and that the rabbit version is 
: nothing like the ones Smith was referring to, and doesn't mutate or 
: transfer to other species as other versions of the virus can.  They claim 
: there is therefore little danger.
: Generally the CSIRO seems to be pretty reliable on these things, and not 
: known for downplaying dangers for political purposes, so their statements 
: can probably be taken at face value.  On the other hand, they were the 
: ones who let the virus escape from quarantine in the first place.....
: Ross Bloore.

What is the derviation of the name 'calici'? Is it indeed a misnomer 
calling the rabbit haemorrhagic virus a 'calici' virus if it is different 
from all the others?

Smith also said that it is possible it could inhabit other species 
without showing symptoms, eventually, if it does not indeed show them. Is 
that a fair trade-off?

Brian Sandle. Shell to snail? bsandle at southern.co.nz

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