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Author Topic:   Did viruses precede other life?
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Message 31 of 32 (357475)
10-19-2006 2:04 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by extremophile
05-07-2004 2:21 PM

where did the viruses come from?
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Message 32 of 32 (357477)
10-19-2006 2:14 PM
Reply to: Message 31 by tizzwazz
10-19-2006 2:04 PM

A couple of possibilities.

They could be very simplified versions of cellular organisms; cellular parasites that simplified to the point of no longer being cells.

They could be the products of cellular organisms. Some cellular organism experienced a mutation that gave it a set of genes that reproduced independently of the organism itself -- sort of like a cancer.

They could be an independent product of the abiogenetic process that also produced cellular life.

Probably other possibilities exist.

Clearly no one really knows; this is a continuing area of research.

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