I have a sentence of the form: "Y can be viewed as containers used to transfer X", where X in my case is genetic information. It feels like this sentence could be simplified to something like "Y can be viewed as a xxxx of X", but I cannot find the proper word. In my particular case, the context is: "male gametes can be viewed simply as containers used to transfer genetic information", and the issue came up when answering a question at Biology-SE.
So, what I'm looking for is a replacement for "containers used to transfer". I've been thinking about using vessel, but dictionaries usually focus on vessel as a container of liquids (e.g. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vessel), beside the obvious meaning of vessel as ship. To me, vessel also feels a bit awkward to use in this case.
- Can vessel be used in my sentence?
- Is there another more suitable word to use?