virus theory ---Help

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Fri Apr 24 21:59:26 EST 1998


   DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW what is the name of that VIRUS
 (that had complete homology with a portion of human DNA) ??

   Thanks in advance


> 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.
> Carole
> 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
> 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
> >

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