Are viruses alive?

CHEN cicero%imb.dnet at LAS.AS.EDU.TW
Sun Jul 19 21:43:28 EST 1992


Una wrote:

/Viruses are alive in that they evolved from living organisms...

I have one insteresting question:
Which one of viruses and living organisms "appear" in earth, first?
Maybe ...

  1. Viruses (naked, just a fragment of sequence) appear first. 
     And it was "injected" into organisms "by accident".

  2. Organisms first. And its sequences broke (or...) for some reason.

  3. Viruses were a "devolution" from some kind of mechanism (reason).
     (Not a "devolution" from its host organism).
  
  4. Or .... ???


Cicero Chen

System Manager
Institute of Molecular Bilogy,
Academia Sinica
Nankang Taipei 115
Taiwan R.O.C.





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