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purpose of viruses??

Rob Jordan jordan at mbcrr.harvard.edu
Sat Jan 28 14:01:41 EST 1995

 The aggressiveness can be really very high, Ebola Zaire 
> for example kills 9 out of 10 human hosts in <14 days.  I'd speculated that, 
> for the virus, this is not too good an idea as if you want to spread your 
> genetic material if your are too pathogenic then you eventually loose your 
> host.  Whereas AIDS although equally agressive allows the host to live thus 
> allowing its (somewhat rapid) propagation.
True, probably the most successful virus would be one that could replicate
without causing any pathogenesis. Who knows perhaps we are infected with
many more viruses than we know.

Rob J.


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