> To: virology at net.bio.net> From: anh at macmailgw.dfci.harvard.edu (Anh Nguyen)
> Subject: Re: purpose of viruses??
> Date: Tue, 24 Jan 1995 07:40:20 -0500
> In article <D2vqt7.8Mv at world.std.com>, marq at world.std.com (Mark A Lilly) wrote:
>> > 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...)?
>> I agree with you Mark. I would argue that the "purpose" of viruses, as
> with all living organisms,is to propagate their genetic material. Viruses
> are just a little more aggressive in their pursuit of this goal.
>> Rob J.
> Anh Nguyen
>anh_nguyen at macmailgw.dfci.harvard.edu>
Amazingly enough the answer to "What is the purpose of viruses?" was
given to me yesterday by a high-school student.
... as litmus paper is used to determine if something is acidic or
basic, the purpose of viruses is to determine if something is alive
or not ...