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by rimblock
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question for Biologists and Mathematicians
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

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probability won't really give you the answer of whether this is fast or slow. suppose that probability suggests that the event of things coming together, as you say, is a 1 in 20 billion years chance. meaning that in 20 billion years, 1 of those years is likely to have the event. but it doesn't hav...
by rimblock
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question for Biologists and Mathematicians
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

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You need to know more about the universe to make that kind of estimation, otherwise your answer would be between impossible and highly likely depending on how you weigh different events. I agree i do need to know more! It is funny though that the rules that govern you, the way your dna molecules be...
by rimblock
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Solar systems are very convenient petri dishes
Replies: 0
Views: 821

Solar systems are very convenient petri dishes

Ever get the feeling you are sat on the shelf of someone's lab? I mean, if i wanted to do some experimenting, i'd probably want some sort of surface on which to perform my experiment (preferably enclosed in vacuum), some heat and light, and some way of introducing small amounts of foreign material. ...
by rimblock
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Was the first multi-celled organism a conjoined bacteria?
Replies: 1
Views: 991

Was the first multi-celled organism a conjoined bacteria?

Can you get bacteria that have some sort of mutation that could cause partial splitting, and that could also be passed on to offspring?

Your input is required!
by rimblock
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Viruses and Evolution
Replies: 14
Views: 11495

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anaphase wrote:lol, Hiology, i digg that, Mind if i use it?

You can use it ... just don't wear it out.
by rimblock
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question for Biologists and Mathematicians
Replies: 4
Views: 1736

Question for Biologists and Mathematicians

Hi, On the basis that the rules for atomic interaction haven't changed since the big bang occured, if the right atoms came together 13.4 billion years ago, we could have existed almost at the dawn of the universe (environmental requirements aside). So is 13.4 billion years slow or fast for 'the righ...
by rimblock
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Viruses and Evolution
Replies: 14
Views: 11495

Cool - thanks!

I didn't appreciate (even though you mentioned it several times!) that all viruses do not behave the same way - ie the don't completely take over a cell.

Once again, your time and knowledge is much appreciated.
by rimblock
Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Viruses and Evolution
Replies: 14
Views: 11495

Re: Re:

Biohazard, Thanks for your reply. Do you not think it is strange that eventough the DNA we all share (all animals) must have been around the longest, it does not come under attack from some ancient virus. It seems like there is a 'gap' in the evolution of viruses?! Obviously if it did exist, we pro...
by rimblock
Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Viruses and Evolution
Replies: 14
Views: 11495

I guess what i am saying is 'are only certain parts of our DNA susceptible to viruses', and what point in evolution did those immune parts develop? And do viruses that exist today target 'old dna' or 'new dna'?!

Thanks again for your lengthly (which is good) response :0)
by rimblock
Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Viruses and Evolution
Replies: 14
Views: 11495

Biohazard, Thanks for your reply. Do you not think it is strange that eventough the DNA we all share (all animals) must have been around the longest, it does not come under attack from some ancient virus. It seems like there is a 'gap' in the evolution of viruses?! Obviously if it did exist, we prob...
by rimblock
Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Viruses and Evolution
Replies: 14
Views: 11495

Viruses and Evolution

Hiology, I have a couple of questions i was hoping someone could answer... 1) Does the massive human population we have nowadays mean there is more chance for some virus to mutate and wipe us all out, or does it give us some sort of advantage? 2) Are there any viruses that affect all living things r...