Question

Ursula Keuper-Bennett howzit at io.org
Sun Apr 14 18:53:05 EST 1996


In article <4krqsb$47e at nms.telepost.no>,
   gronvold at telepost.no (Vidar Grønvold) wrote:

>      Bacteria can be either deletrious or helpful in an organism. But
>what about virus. Is there known any helpful function of virus in
>nature? I find it hard to believe they exist as only a deletrious
>thing.

The only helpful virus I can think of is the one implicated in 
myxomatosis (disease of rabbits).  As I understand it, Australia was so 
overrun with rabbits, the disease was purposefully introduced to control 
their population.

So for Australians the virus was helpful.  I think the rabbits would 
assess things a tad differently however.

Best regards,

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