Hot Zone Question
xrghm at lepvax.gsfc.nasa.gov
Wed Mar 22 10:21:20 EST 1995
mowjmat at COOP.CRN.ORG (Biology Department) wrote:
> ... It seems that a larger
> population of viral carriers would yield a larger population of viruses,
> thus the chance for favorable-random mutations is increased when the host
> population is increased.
This is logical.
What motivates "random" mutations in an organism like a
virus? Some of the talk here seems to attribute intelligence, even malice,
to a virus. I have always assumed that strong if infrequent events like
cosmic rays, disuptive contact with a foreign chemical agent, and the like...
create new strains. It is intriguing to think though that there exists
some more tangible, perhaps deterministic motivator. What for example,
caused a new strain of Ebola, airborne and monkey specific to appear, if
it didn't exist undetected before.
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