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Ancient virus DNA thrives in us


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 01:23 PM

www.bbc.co.uk said:

Traces of ancient viruses which infected our ancestors millions of years ago are more widespread in us than previously thought.

A study shows how extensively viruses from as far back as the dinosaur era still thrive in our genetic material.

It sheds light on the origins of a big proportion of our genetic material, much of which is still not understood.

The scientists investigated the genomes of 38 mammals including humans, mice, rats, elephants and dolphins.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:14 PM

Interesting...


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:47 AM

Hope this isn't something scientists can turn into a potentially deadly weapon.


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:01 AM

View PostHilander, on 27 April 2012 - 01:47 AM, said:

Hope this isn't something scientists can turn into a potentially deadly weapon.
You and me both. I say we just research it and avoid trying to "use" it, no matter what the intentions are.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 03:15 AM

View PostHilander, on 27 April 2012 - 01:47 AM, said:

Hope this isn't something scientists can turn into a potentially deadly weapon.

Without knowing, I am sure they could with a lot of effort. But chances are that it would be so much work that already existing bio weapons candidates would be the obvious winners. Frankly, the corner of my brain that is supposed to deal with worrying has very little room for this particular worry ;)

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:22 AM

View PostHilander, on 27 April 2012 - 01:47 AM, said:

Hope this isn't something scientists can turn into a potentially deadly weapon.

Absolutely right..

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:35 AM

Doubtful, since this would be from descendants of people who survived these diseases and likely have innate immunities. Most likely modern diseases are as deadly or worse  in comparison to ancient ones. Ebola for example.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:06 PM

So yea, us dutchies will prolly take it, mutate it around a bit, and stock another pandemic weapon in our secret world domination lab.  :devil:


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Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:46 PM

Wow, very interesting indeed.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:42 PM

Hmm, interesting, more proof of evolution.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:14 AM

Interesting. Amazing something so small can exist for so long. This, in my opinion, is the kind of thing they will find still surviving on Mars, proving there was once organic life there.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:50 AM

View Postfioricetultram, on 01 May 2012 - 10:32 AM, said:

Hello friends,
I want to know the side effects of  zoloft. somebody please tell me about it.
zoloft 50mg

They have websites for that.


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:07 PM

View PostFurthurBB, on 01 May 2012 - 11:50 AM, said:

They have websites for that.

As long as you don't click the link.....

It's SPAM.


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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:27 AM

View PostAbramelin, on 01 May 2012 - 12:07 PM, said:

As long as you don't click the link.....

It's SPAM.

Oh great!  I did not click the link, I just thought it was an idiot.


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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:12 AM

How old is cancer? Is this worse?

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