In bionet.virology Msg # 1385
Rod Pennington wrote in reply to a comment by Denni Schnapp:
>In which case we are looking at a replicating set of information
>or instructions. This reminds me of reading that chain letters
>can be looked at as viral in nature. A chain letter is, like a virus,
>a set of information/instructions which requires a host for replication.
>A chain letter's host is the human mind (as opposed to the organic brain,
>per se). Chain letters can undergo mutation (ie, typos,etc.) which
>alters chain letter "fitness" (defined in terms of the chain letter's
>ability to infect new hosts).
>>Anyway, it seemed like an interesting idea. I cannot remember where
>I saw this discussed. Perhaps it was here on the Virology list.
I first saw this idea put forward in a letter to the Scientific Correspondence
section of Nature a few months ago. Perhaps it was there that you saw it?
I don't remember having seen it on the virology list before that.
By the way, I think this is a very interesting thread.
Andrew Wallace, IRBM P. Angeletti, Pomezia, Italy.
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