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Message 106 of 268 (593868)
11-29-2010 10:21 PM
Reply to: Message 105 by Dr Adequate
11-29-2010 11:02 AM

Re: Viruses Redux
Hi Dr Adequate

Viruses predominantly destroy life.

This is something of a non sequitur. A carnivore like a lion, an insectivore like a shrew, or a sufficiently nasty bacterium such as Yersinia pestis also make their living by "destroying life". This has no bearing on whether they are alive.

There is also the issue of conflating viruses found while trying to determine the causes of various illnesses and the class {all viruses}.

There may be more viruses than bacteria.

Certainly there are many we do not know about and many that seem to be essentially passive to life.


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