From: "Elizabeth Childs" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: viruses?
Date sent: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 18:47:26 -0800
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> From: <EvMick@aol.com>
> > In a message dated 1/24/00 10:58:35 AM Central Standard Time,
> > email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org?
Mitochondria and chloroplasts are suspected of having once been
biotic parasites; today's virulence may bud and bloom into
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