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Steven Poet poets at ccmail.orst.edu
Mon Jul 24 10:31:45 EST 1995

austin at netcom.com (Tommy Beach) wrote:

> 	I know, I couldn't believe that when I read it.  He also called
> 	a virus a parasite which is a misnomer since a parasite is a
> 	plant, animal or bug and a virus is just a bundle of RNA or DNA.
> 	Thanks for the reference.

Actually, a "pretty good" working definition of a virus is, an obligate
intracellular parasite.  That works about as well as defining a 
vertebrate as an animal with an endoskeleton.

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