IFN TAU

GORDON BETTS JB5369 at ETSUACAD.ETSU.EDU
Thu Dec 2 11:25:49 EST 1993


RECENTLY JACK KOMISAR WROTE:
     There is no interferon tau.  There was a letter to the editor earlier
this year, probably in Nature, dealing with the problem.  Apparently some
people use a tau on their word processors to stand for a gamma, since
there is no ASCII code for a lower-case gamma.  They intend to remove the
tau before submitting the paper and draw in a gamma by hand.  However,
sometimes they forget, and several papers have appeared about interferon
tau.
                                     Jack Komisar

                                     dexper at wrair-emh1.army.mil
ALTHOUGH SOMEONE MAY HAVE CONFUSED THEIR GREEK ALPHABET, THERE IS AN IFN TAU
WITH 80+% SEQUENCE HOMOLOGY WITH IFN'S ALPHA AND BETA.  IT HAS NO MORE HOMOLOGY
WITH IFN GAMMA THAN DO THE ALPHA AND BETA.

Distrust Simplicity.                   Simplify, simplify.
  Alfred North Whitehead                 Henry David Thoreau
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J. Gordon Betts
East Texas State University
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
JB5369 at ETSUACAD.ETSU.EDU



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