> To: virology at net.bio.net> From: maga at vetbio.unizh.ch (Giovanni Maga)
> Subject: Re: I need infos!!!
> In article <4babcv$mnk at news.doit.wisc.edu>, Wilfred Perlmutter
> <laurfluff at macc.wisc.edu> wrote:
> > To all who Mock Me:
> > I feel that my concerns are legit.
> OK, so you were not joking. Too bad guy, you've lost a good opportunity.
> > You should be interested in knowing that a friend of mine who is a
> > biostatistician working with viruses and related phenomenae informed me
> > that the chance that viruses could evolve on their own is virtually
> > infinitesimally small. Simply more hard data backing me up.
> If true, how your friend explain biodiversity in general or evolution of
> influenza viruses that come up with different strains every year?
> Better you start to study molecular biology (together with your friend
Seconded...! I thought the original exchange was a brilliant piece
of sarcasm a la Monty Python...but maybe it wasn't.
And as for biostatistician's views on the probability of viruses
evolving...they'll still be searching for all of the data needed to
accurately do such a calculation when we're all diesembodied
intelligences sitting in a plasma cloud. In a black hole, with the
Viruses are, whether we think they should be or not.
PS: Happy Silly Season, vironauts.
Ed Rybicki, PhD
Dept Microbiology | ed at molbiol.uct.ac.za
University of Cape Town | phone: x27-21-650-3265
Private Bag, Rondebosch | fax: x27-21-650 4023
7700, South Africa |
WWW URL: http://www.uct.ac.za/microbiology/ed.html
"And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you"