what does prion stand for?

RYBICKI, ED ED at micro.uct.ac.za
Wed Jun 1 02:51:51 EST 1994


> In article <2s9kcp$cqv at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk> jclewley at crc.ac.uk 
(Dr. J.P. Clewley) writes:
> 
> >> Proteinaceous infectious agent.
> >> Anyone know why it's not Proin?
> 
> >Probably so that it ends in -on; as in codon, operon, muon, 
transposon,
> >etc.
> 
> But surely if it's a protein, it should end in -in, not -on; 
heparin, albumin, 
> integrins, whatever  :)

You mean people really BELIEVE in those things?  Apart from Stan 
Prusiner, that is?

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