In article <D2vqt7.8Mv at world.std.com>, marq at world.std.com (Mark A Lilly) writes:
>I'm new here, and have read with interest the debates on the
>origins of viruses, and the questions as to whether they are
>alive or not. My question is: What are their purpose?
>>Is it to spread genetic material across the planet? Is it to
>achieve hegemony over the planet (seems they already do...)?
>>Any thoughts are welcome,
>>Mark A. Lilly
>I hope you hear many blessed voices in the wilderness.
Shawn Torbert-undergrad-Lehigh University
Mark, it seems to me that one possible purpose of a virus is population
control, even if that means humans. Although this may seem inhumane, I
think viruses have evolved to solve our overcrowding problems on this
planet! Vive le virus!