Ulrich Melcher wrote:
>> 1) Before the viral nature of the molecules responsible for the killer
> phenomenon in fungi (brewer's yeast and smut fungus) was discovered, the
> ds RNA molecules were, I think, called killer plasmids. So, there is
> precedence for using the term "plasmid" with RNA.
Are you sure? They were called "killer factors" but I don't remember
having read "killer plasmids". However, I am not sure.
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