Originally posted by Sinter Klaas
No. I'm saying that viruses were not here first.
I could be wrong tho.
Before life? Like, before stromatolites?
The fact is, viruses can hibernate very long time.
Also, non-living things do evolve, in the same sense living species evolve (prions for example).
Definition of life fades away before this fact. As well as the idea of "continuity" and "causality". Because, not all living forms reproduce.
Even now, our technology enables us to create or evolve living beings by genetic manipulation. This is where the difference between technology and
biology disappears. Perhaps, it was always like that. Someone's or something's intent does count.
It turns out that "creationists" may be winning, after all...
Then, maybe, viruses are just discarded material from creation of living cells as we know them. It is hard to tell.
Mitochondria are assumed to originate from some bacteria, and they have crucial role in evolution of life, they enabled high intensity life (they are
energy factories). Mitochondria invaded existing cells which already had cores, and stayed there, integrated. Their DNA is of circular shape, unlike
the rest of DNA which has a double helix shape. They very rarely mutate.
Just think of it, how mitochondria invaded almost all life (there are very few species without mitochondria). And there are only few species of
bacteria which are capable of disabling mitochondria, busting them and adopting their material.
What is really going on with life? It could be just a result of some weird viral gambit...
[edit on 11-4-2010 by DangerDeath]