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Strain / variant

jason roberts pteropid1 at ozemail.com.au
Sat Mar 3 06:49:30 EST 2001

Interesting question,

The way I see it, is that a strain would be an "established" variation in
genetic structuring, proven through multiple observations.
Whereas a variant would be a relatively "new" variation of previously
established genetic theme.
I think that the level of observation and general acceptance in the
scientific community is the key point, but the more I think about it the
less confident I am about this viewpoint.

For example take nvCJD, is it ever referred to a different strain of CJD...

....I think I may have to do some background on this one.

Jason A. Roberts
Virology Division,
Department of Microbiology.
Prince of Wales Hospital.
Robertsjas at sesahs.nsw.gov.au
"Matt Hicks" <matth at biols.susx.ac.uk> wrote in message
news:Pine.SGI.3.96.1010226120920.46483B-100000 at bionix...
> Hi People,
> Just wondered what you think the difference is (if any?) between a strain
> and a variant - as we have been discussing this and cannot agree....
> Thanks in advance for any input,
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