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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:45 PM

French researchers have found a new kind of virus so big they initially thought it must be something else.

The startling discovery, which upends some long-held assumptions about the nature of viruses — namely, that they are small — led the scientists to give it a fitting name: Pandoravirus.

"We believe we're opening a Pandora's box — not so much for humanity but for dogma about viruses," Dr. Jean-Michel Claverie, a co-author of the paper, tells the New York Times. "We believe we're touching an alternative tree of life."

http://theweek.com/a...s-largest-virus

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:55 PM

I thought a virus is a life form already.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:04 PM

They should have a chat with it they may learn something interesting but don't tell it it's a virus,it may get upset


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:49 PM

View PostZaphod222, on 20 July 2013 - 01:55 PM, said:

I thought a virus is a life form already.
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they're not considered to be a life-form Zaph because of their reproductive cycle, they can't manage it on their own, and have to hijack the cells of other organisms to reproduce.
dunno why the article seems to think that because it's larger, it's a better chance of being classified as being 'alive'?
i mean, mount everest is ****ing enormous, but i wouldn't bank on it lending me a tenner!
ask any woman, she'll tell you that size isn't everything.
(but she might smirk while she's saying it.....)

Edited by shrooma, 20 July 2013 - 02:52 PM.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:59 PM

View Postshrooma, on 20 July 2013 - 02:49 PM, said:

ask any woman, she'll tell you that size isn't everything.
(but she might smirk while she's saying it.....)

Well. My wife says that quality matters, not quantity.
I guess she is diplomatic :-)

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 03:12 PM

View PostZaphod222, on 20 July 2013 - 02:59 PM, said:



Well. My wife says that quality matters, not quantity.
I guess she is diplomatic :-)
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you randy little studmuffin you!!
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View PostZaphod222, on 20 July 2013 - 02:59 PM, said:

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*edit for server having a brain-fart and double-posting*


Edited by shrooma, 20 July 2013 - 03:17 PM.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 06:22 PM

It's still alive today, it goes by the name Honey Boo-Boo.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:30 PM

God save me... I think PETA is right around the corner on this.  :passifier:


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 02:44 AM

Interesting article, better than the first one I read about this that said this virus came from Mars because it only shares 9% of the DNA normal viruses have.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:20 PM

I was dumb enough to argue with my year 11 biology teacher that viruses are alive. It's still my opinion but dumb because he marked by work!


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:25 AM

sweet Mary mother of jesus


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 09:36 AM

Shrooma... A virus is not considered a life-form because it does not seek out a source of nutrition, rather it's nutrition is more or less a by-product of it's life cycle. I think that may be where your wires got crossed. Don't want you misinforming our UM audience now do we... cheers:)





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