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James J Hurlburt hamlet at ux7.cso.uiuc.edu
Fri Oct 27 00:44:39 EST 1995

Rafael Maldonado <rafael at howard.genetics.utah.edu> writes:

>On 26 Oct 1995, Kardo6 wrote:

>>   I have heard that viruses can live for thousands of years without dying
>> because when not attacking living cells, they do not metabolize. If this
>> is true is it concievable that viruses could survive the vacuum and vast
>> distances of space and travel between planets, could some of the viruses
>> of earth in fact be aliens.

>Sure. The family rocketviridiae is belived to belong to the Alpha Centauri 
>solar system. The capside looks like a spacial rocket form some old 
>Flash Gordon comic. They have a propulsion system wich alows them to 
>cross million or year-light of distance. Moreover, the genetic material 
>of those viruses is some kind of silica-mercury compound, very common in 
>Alpha Centauri ecosystems.

Only partly right. Although the family is called rocketviridiae, from their
rocket-like shape when viewed under an eletron microscope , they do not use
rockets to travel between solar systems. They are pushed between the stars 
by the pressure of sunlight, sort of like tiny solar sails.

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