Arch Virol (2014) 159:2189–2191 DOI 10.1007/s00705-014-2008-4 V I ROLO GY D I VI SI ON N E WS Two misleading words in reports of virus discovery: little things mean a lot Charles H. Calisher Robert B. Tesh Received: 18 December 2013 / Accepted: 26 January 2014 / Published online: 18 February 2014 Springer-Verlag Wien 2014 To the Editor: acids, after which the authors sequence them and construct elaborate phylogenetic trees to determine whether they are An elegant deﬁnition of ‘‘virus’’ was made by Andre Lwoff from recognized or previously unrecognized viruses, and in 1957 . That deﬁnition is somewhat outdated in light then incorrectly use the word ‘‘virus’’ when they should use of modern studies of viruses, but it remains a fascinating the phrase ‘‘nucleic acid sequence’’ ([4–7]; numerous other and erudite read. His extensive deﬁnition of a virus could citations could be presented). On the contrary, and as an be paraphrased as an entity (a) having nucleic acid, example of proper use of terms and ingenious technique, (b) replicating as nucleic acid only, (c) not growing or the paper by Kru ¨ ger et al.  reports a biological property dividing but replicating by a template mechanism, (d)
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