virus theory

Phil jorge2 at
Wed Apr 15 22:49:09 EST 1998

Karl Roberts wrote:
> Dear Fred and Rachel,
> Your professor's idea is an interesting one indeed. I have often wondered
> if viruses, viroids, and prions were in fact genetic "accidents", products
> of random mutation of the genetic code of ancestral prokaryotic and
> eukaryotic cells. If we can accept the concept of endosymbiosis, such as
> proposed by Dr. Lynn Margulis, why is it far-fetched to hypothesize that
> such infectious particles could have arisen in a reverse fashion, then
> began the processes of adapting to and evolving with their eventual
> hosts? Good question.
> Karl J. Roberts, Ph.D.
> Maryland, USA
>  On Wed, 15 Apr 1998, Fred & Rachel Brusseau wrote:
> > Food for thought.....
> >
> > Yesterday in my Developmental Biology class my professor proposed an
> > interesting theory. He thinks that human virus' are derived from humans.
> > They are bits of our DNA that have somehow disassociated from our body
> > and evolved into what they are today. I can't remember the details of
> > his example, but he said the theory came to him when he read about a
> > virus that had complete homology (with exception of one base pair) with
> > a portion of human DNA. I think it is a radical, but interesting idea.
> > I'm in awe while trying to comprehend the mechanism and implications.
> >
> > When I first heard him talking about it I wanted to laugh, but then I
> > thought a reoccurring theme in science. Some of the best ideas have been
> > tossed aside as "hogwash", only later to be proven true!
> >
> > Any comments?
> >
> > Rachel Brusseau
> >
> >
This is a far cry from Margulis and is just mere speculation.  Coul;dn't
the "professor" offer any mechansm?  Might as well say they came from
Mars, cockroaches or were the basis for human development and evolution.

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