One origin? (viral evolution)

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Fri Jul 20 22:24:44 CDT 2001

It does seem more likely to have been loose DNA that became isolated on the
destruction of rogue cells.
Robin Leech
----- Original Message -----
From: "Curtis Clark" <jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2001 8:39 PM
Subject: Re: One origin? (viral evolution)

> At 12:27 PM 7/20/01, Ken Kinman wrote:
> >Dear All,
> >     My view is that viruses (sensu lato) preceded cells, and that the
> >earliest living biochemical pathways developed in an acellular "organic
> >soup" (as it is called).
> Then why is it that every known virus is an obligate intercellular
> that has no metabolism or replication independent of its host?
> --
> Curtis Clark        
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