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what does prion stand for?

Richard Burge R.Burge at bay.cc.kcl.ac.uk
Tue May 31 12:56:19 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,

But surely if it's a protein, it should end in -in, not -on; heparin, albumin, 
integrins, whatever  :)

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