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Originally posted by CultureD
reply to post by ravenshadow13
You're absolutely correct- the viruses are massively different in form and function. As I said, though, pigs are walking bioreactors, and we just don't KNOW enough about nucleic acid exchange within them in different viruses. My concern is that something could drive a selective event that would allow for it- even a bacteriophage that was invaded by both viruses, and then created a plasmid that was reasssorted and picked up.
I doubt it will happen. But I think it's worth being aware of- not to fear, but to be vigilant in our observations- that was the core of my post.
reply to post by retroviralsounds
Impossible. Bacteriophages (as their name implies) infect only bacteria. What you are referring to is a virus attacking a virus (which with only a few cases recreated in a lab setting only... never happened in nature).