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A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study may reshape the universal family tree, adding a fourth major branch to the three that most scientists agree represent the fundamental domains of life....
The researchers used a relatively new method to peer into the distant past. Rather than comparing genetic sequences, which are unstable and change rapidly over time, they looked for evidence of past events in the three-dimensional, structural domains of proteins. These structural motifs, called folds, are relatively stable molecular fossils that – like the fossils of human or animal bones – offer clues to ancient evolutionary events, says Univ. of Illinois crop sciences and Institute for Genomic Biology professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, who led the analysis.
Originally posted by Sly1one
I've honestly wondered sometimes if all of humanity isn't under the control of some yet to be identified parasite that is controlling us like machines to do their bidding. The differences in culture and social beliefs could be nothing more than differences in the parasite species...
ahhh speculation is a wonderful thing that can also be pretty frighting at times.
I'm no expert on the topic but thought if this is true then the implications would be fairly drastic and could open a whole other angle on life here on earth and possibly on other worlds.
Considering the nature of Viruses to survive, we may need to rethink about the requirements for life elsewhere.....