Can Natural Selection Apply to HIV?

Richard M Kliman rkliman at ruacad.ac.runet.edu
Thu Jan 26 11:35:45 EST 1995


In article <MAILQUEUE-101.950126102404.256 at molbiol.uct.ac.za> ed at molbiol.uct.ac.za writes:
>> From:          druisi at aol.com (DRuisi)
>> Subject:       Can Natural Selection Apply to HIV?
>> Date:          25 Jan 1995 17:15:48 -0500
>> Reply-to:      druisi at aol.com (DRuisi)
>
>>   The ultimate goal of a virus is to reproduce.  
>^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>
>Surely that should be: the ultimate goal of LIVING THINGS is to 
>reproduce???
>

Actually, doesn't this statement presuppose that all living things have 
such a goal?  PERHAPS it would be better to say that poor reproduction 
(in the absence of differential survival and reproduction of offspring) 
generally leads to extinction of lineages.

>> Since viruses are not alive...
>
>Really?  Pre-judging your case a little, aren't you?  There's a 
>whole lot of arguing goes on BEFORE you get to that point, BEFORE 
>you start basing arguments on that premise.
>
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Rich Kliman
Dept. of Biology
Radford University



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