Friday, February 24, 2006

The Mimivirus

In a recent Discover magazine, the cover story was about this recently discovered virus, named Mimivirus. Normally, viruses are smaller than bacteria, and with very little genetic material. Mimivirus is around the same size as bacteria and has more genes than a typical bacteria. This virus has thrown out the old conception of the supposedly lifeless parasites, viruses now look like one of the oldest lifeforms on Earth. Scientists are suggesting that viruses might be another form of life. The smaller viruses could have decended from giant viruses, such as Mimivirus, as less genetic material was needed to invade and multiply. Some scientists are even thinking that the nuclei in our cells originated from such giant viruses invading a primitive cell. So, what this could mean is that we are all evolutionarily decended from viruses.

There is something else that caught my attention, which I will address later, "Biblically correct tours."


Blogger Joseph said...

that is really interesting. the last link is also extremely interesting. i grew up in a catholic school, and they embraced evolution like it was normal. i didn't realize until a baptist who went to my school did a speech on creationism, that evolution wasn't accepted by everyone. people. oh, people.

2/24/2006 8:41 PM  

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