> Given recent comments, mine and Ed. Rybicki's. could there by any
> objection to called viroids (or perhaps certain satellite RNAs) RNA plasmids.
> The natural objection, as I see it, is that plasmids are defined as DNA
> molecules. But in all other attributes, viroids would seem to be the RNA
They would, wouldn't they...except that they are potentially
pathogenic and offer no or no obvious survival advantage to their
hosts, which means they are much more similar to viruses in thast
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