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Viruses vs plasmids

Joao Vasconcelos Costa jcosta at pen.gulbenkian.pt
Thu Feb 1 10:50:22 EST 1996


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.

Joao

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***  JOAO VASCONCELOS COSTA, MD, PhD
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