"Lytic infection is like the bad house guest that eats all the food and blows up the house on the way out because a lytic virus destroys the host cell in the end.
A lysogenic infection is like the houseguest that never leaves.
Neither is good for the host because in the end they can both be harmful."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.