Trying to see the big picture.

John Gentile yjgent at home.com
Sun Dec 2 23:52:09 EST 2001

Well, I had to take a post graduate course in Bio-chemistry, Genetics and
Virology to answer some of these questions. It's too big and complicated to
try to explain given what level you are starting out.

A college intro course in these subjects will give you a good start.
Understanding the differences between the different microbes, and the role
DNA plays. Also the differences in the various types of viruses - DNA and
RNA viruses work differently. Retrovirus (such as the HIV) work different

An interesting proposal is that when a non-lethal virus inserts DNA into a
human gene and is then passed on to further generations - does that
contribute to evolution? I don't know, but it's something to think about.

John Gentile                            President,  Rhode Island Apple Group
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> From: Crycle <willcow at hotmail.com>
> Organization: Kolumbus Internet Services Customer
> Newsgroups: bionet.microbiology
> Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 02:18:21 +0200
> Subject: Trying to see the big picture.
> I've read some about genetics and DNA, but still can't see some
> missing, yet fatal parts of it all.
> If a chromosome in a cell gets changed, let's say a HI-virus copies
> it's own DNA and attaches it to human DNA by RNA-transcription...
> I take its stored in human DNA for later use?
> What's this use, do viruses multiply, and how?
> I know what bacteria is, but virus is a little more complicated thing
> I suppose. Can anyone help me figure this out?
> Thanks. 
> ''The solution is always a built-in feature.''

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