Scientific Censorship and Evolution

Giovanni Maga maga at
Tue Apr 4 04:58:12 EST 1995

In article <D6GHnI.JF7 at>, odonnell at (Kevin
O'Donnell) wrote:

> In article <322 at>, richard at (Richard 
> Milton) says:
> >Viruses resembling _Pedomicrobium_ and influenza  were
> >identified by Hans Dieter Pflug in a meteorite in 1981 (see
> >"The Facts of Life" page 239 for further details). 
> >
> This sounds very interesting. Do you have a reference from a 
> peer-reviewed journal for this discovery?
> Kevin O'Donnell
> Scottish Agricultural Science Agency    
> Edinburgh
> Scotland                                           

Dear Richard,
1) Which kind of virus is called Pedomicrobium? (It's a serious question, I
do not know. The part *microbium* seems to indicate that this is a very old
name for a virus, coming from the age when it was not clear the diff.
between microbes and viruses, so there should be a modern name also).
2) Don't you think that the enviromental conditions that can be found on a
meteorite (beside the heating occurred during its passage through the
atmosphere) would be a little challenging even for those nasty boys like
influenza viruses (but maybe you are telling us that they found *fossiles*
of viruses?)
3) Have you asked Dr. Quatermass what he thinks about that?
BTW, try to support your conclusions with serious scientific data, at least
with data that *sound* like serious. This is fiction (to be polite).

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