In article <m0s189U-0004PVC at uctmail.uct.ac.za> ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za ("Ed Rybicki") writes:
>> From: bap at med.pitt.edu (Bruce Phillips)
>> Subject: Philosophical Leanings
>> A virologist visiting my institution recently suggested that man is
>> simply a vehicle by which DNA can replicate on the moon (and other planets?).
>> It's fun to anthropomorphize, but carrying it too far in describing the earth,
>> its creatures, and its molecules can lead to ludicrous conclusions.
>I use a photograph of a T4 phage model made by one of our students - in
>metallic-gold finish - as an illustration of the function of a virus
>capsid - and I introduce it initially as the Lunar Excursion Module
>from the Apollo series.... The analogy hits home hard given that
>initial confusion, in that they suddenly realise that the capsid is
>doing what the lander did - protecting nucleic acids.
>Ain't no philosophy to it; life is simply the phenomenon accompanying
>the propensity of nucleic acids to make more of themselves.
> | Ed Rybicki, PhD | ed at molbiol.uct.ac.za |
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Anyone interested in exploring the philosophical viewpoint of mankind merely
being a slave for nucleic acids' self-proliferation might want to check out
the book: "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins. It is quite interesting