Viruses and Bacteria

About microscopic forms of life, including Bacteria, Archea, protozoans, algae and fungi. Topics relating to viruses, viroids and prions also belong here.

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Post by MrMistery » Tue May 17, 2005 7:33 pm

Thaks for your info Patrick.. i got it from one of my textbooks so i am not surprized it is wrong...

Canalon wrote:
yuriandre wrote:I think that all organisms on earth whether they are parasites or virtually non-parasitic organisms offer some advantages to humans.

I don't think so. What benefits could we have from say Ebola, polioviruses, smallpox, HIV, and many other viruses?
I do agree that some so-called pests are usefull (damn mosquitoes that feed birdsand so on), but I definetely would not generalize too fast. And it would be interesting to measure if the by products of ascaris infestations gives a higher fitness to infested people.


Note that he said organism Patrick... last time i checked Ebola or any other virus are not organisms. Agreed with you though.. not all organisms offer advantages
"As a biologist, I firmly believe that when you're dead, you're dead. Except for what you live behind in history. That's the only afterlife" - J. Craig Venter

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