Re: virus: replication with mutation

Tim Rhodes (
Sun, 9 Mar 1997 21:56:54 -0800 (PST)

On Sun, 9 Mar 1997, David McFadzean wrote:

> 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
> objections?

I'm down wid da plan, my man!

But you're going to have to take responsablity for clueing in new members
to our agreed on usages of such words.

-Prof. Tim