viruses and the extinction of dinosaurs

John Brunstein brunstei at UNIXG.UBC.CA
Sun Apr 14 16:24:49 EST 1996

	Yes, Mr. Rittscher, there is indeed as you so wittily put 
it 'someone home'.  Someone who, I may add, has several years experience 
in the fields of biochemistry and virology.  Perhaps my long hours at the 
lab bench have not given me the divine insight granted you by smoking of 
whatever controlled substance it is that divulged this amazing secret to 
you.  However, a few things I can tell you are as follows:
	(1) Aids is not a virus.  It is a clinical condition brought 
about by infection with a virus, which is known as 'HIV'.
	(2) Viruses of the same family as HIV are known as 
'retroviruses'.  Reverse transcriptase is an enzyme they use in part of 
their productive infection.
	I hope you will avoid making these sorts of mistakes in future 
posts, as I would not wish to see anyone mistake you for a fool.
	Having said all that, your reply fails to address the basic 
question which not only myself but several other members of the newsgroup 
had the obvious boredom and free time to ask: "What definite proof do you 
have of your rather astonishing claim?"  Do please answer this question; 
I'm sure that the rest of the readers will enjoy a good laugh as much as 
I will.
<insincerity mode>
	Of course, don't let my answer here dissuade you from a swift 
publication of your 'definitive proof'; I appreciate as well as the rest 
of the newsgroup that a discovery of this magnitude (or even the ability 
to state with certainty when viruses arose) is worthy of a Nobel prize.  
				Best wishes for your future enlightenments,
				John D. Brunstein
				Dept. of Biochemistry
				University of British Columbia
</insincerity mode>

On Sat, 13 Apr 1996, peter rittscher wrote:

> hey what about the reverse transcriptase viruses, Aids maybe  HELLO ANYBODY HOME
> At 01:01 PM 4/13/96 -0700, you wrote:
> >'Definite proof'??????????????????????????????????
> >
> >	pardon my incredulity, but this I'd like to see...
> >
> >On 13 Apr 1996, peter rittscher wrote:
> >
> >>  I have definite proof that at the time of the extinction of dinosaurs the 
> >> first virises were emerging is this a mere coincedence or what hey??
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >
> >

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