Now that we know about DNA, we no longer need an elan vital.
The romance of elan energized the volunteers who flocked to the colors in the early years of the struggle.
As the indictment notes, Martoma was regarded by an SAC official as a “one-trick pony with elan.”
["Top-down Programming with Elan", C.H.A. Koster, Ellis Horwood 1987].