virus: replication with mutation

David McFadzean (
Sun, 09 Mar 1997 15:47:18 -0700

At 02:31 PM 07/03/97 -0800, Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:

>*repute* -- how is that for a replication (reproduction) with mutation?,

Unfortunately it is already an english word meaning "believe" or "consider".

It occurs to me that if exact copies are rare in real world reproduction
then the word "reproduction" implies mutations and we don't need a special
word for "reproduction with mutation". For those cases where the copies are
exact as in most digital reproductions we could use the phrase "perfect
replication" to distinguish them for regular (inexact) reproduction. Any

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus