Viruses as prey?

Steven Poet poets at ccmail.orst.edu
Fri Sep 1 09:57:54 EST 1995


This sounds more like some sort of commensal relationship rather than
predator-prey.  Interesting concept though.  I wonder what benefit the
helper virus gets out of the relationship?

brunstei at UNIXG.UBC.CA (John Brunstein) wrote:
>
> The post refers to 'satellite' viruses...ones which need both a host 
> cell, and another virus, to replicate.  Common in plant viruses, not so 
> common in mammalian systems although AAV as mentioned is a good and 
> common example.
> 
> On 31 Aug 1995, EdRegis wrote:
> 
> > Ian York writes:
> > 
> > >I must have missed it, because I'm sure that someone in this
> > >viruses-as-prey thread must have already pointed at hepatitis 
> > >delta virus, adeno-associated virus, and some of the plant viroids.  
> > >If not, then I just have.
> > 
> > No one's pointed this out till just now.  Can you expand on this somewhat?
> >  This is still a notch too cryptic for me to figure out.  Which is prey
> > for what, and V.V.? 
> > 
> > Ed
> > 
> > 




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