Re: viruses?

From: Elizabeth Childs (
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 19:47:26 MST

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> In a message dated 1/24/00 10:58:35 AM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> >
> > What are viruses for? What positive contribution to they make to the
> > biosphere?
> viruses are not FOR anything. There is no divine plan.
> Viruses contain genes. Genes are the primary unit of biological
> Replicators replicate.....end of story...

Yes, but it's an interesting question when you phrase it this way instead:

"If we destroyed all viruses, would any other form of life be negatively

And that's an interesting question, because we may some day have the power
to do it. And if the answer is "no," then it would be in human being's
interests to destroy all viruses.

Is that what you meant,

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