One origin? (viral evolution)

Barbara Ertter ertter at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Sun Jul 22 10:43:23 CDT 2001

Does this mean that Homo sapiens (to use an example!) is paraphyletic
unless all renegade DNA (aka viruses) are included therein?  Fun!
Barbara Ertter
University and Jepson Herbaria
University of California at Berkeley

>If a mammalian virus is a piece of mammalian DNA gone astray, it is a
>eukaryote, and in fact it is a mammal. Viruses being what they are, they
>have little trace of their ancestry, but I would venture that the
>differences in gene regulation and genome structure between eubacteria and
>eukaryotes might be reflected in viral genomes, and that we could thus
>understand their relationships.
>Curtis Clark        
>Biological Sciences Department             Voice: (909) 869-4062
>California State Polytechnic University      FAX: (909) 869-4078
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