virus theory

Carole Nelson quailrun at
Thu Apr 16 11:17:20 EST 1998

As a first time reader of this ng..I was delighted to see discussion on
this topic. As the quintessential layperson I have an advantage of
looking at things without a specific perspective. It shouldn't be too
hard to think of all things relating to each other. (old hippies and
newagers do it all the time) The notion that virus', bacteria and other
forms of life being alien or a threat to other life is, in my opinion,
one of, if not The reason of accelerated resistance to medications and
'mutation' rates. Simply because some of these lifeforms can cause
illness should not be reason for erradication.

Your professor may very well be right. There should be no reason why a
human should not be able to produce it's own defense mechanism in the
form of a virus. Or why a virus should not produce it's own defense
mechanism..or bacteria..or....

You're lucky to have a professor unafraid to voice his theory.


Fred & Rachel Brusseau wrote in message
<353482DD.953DF6D9 at>...
>Food for thought.....
>Yesterday in my Developmental Biology class my professor proposed an
>interesting theory. He thinks that human virus' are derived from
>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
>tossed aside as "hogwash", only later to be proven true!
>Any comments?
>Rachel Brusseau

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