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Note to New Scientist: Celeb virus did not evolve, it DEvolved.

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In “World’s largest virus proves giants came from cells” (New Scientist, October 10, 2011), Michael Marshall explains,

The discovery of a megavirus virus is confirmation that giant viruses descended from complex cells that became simpler.

Since the discovery of the first giant virus, mimivirus, in 2003, researchers have debated how they evolved. Unlike conventional viruses, mimivirus carries many genes thought to be unique to cellular life, suggesting that it evolved from a cell.

Devolved, as in: A jar of pennies becomes a doorstop and a computer becomes a boat anchor. When you’ve really and truly found the reverse process … tweet!

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5 Replies to “Note to New Scientist: Celeb virus did not evolve, it DEvolved.

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    dmullenix says:

    You’ve already posted it here:

    http://www.uncommondescent.com.....e-changes/

    No intelligence moved that jumping gene to a place where it made the cobs larger and cut down on the branching.

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    Joseph says:

    No intelligence moved that jumping gene to a place where it made the cobs larger and cut down on the branching.

    How do you know? How do you know jumping genes are not part of the genetic program?

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    Eocene says:

    It’s called old fashioned religious faith!

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    bornagain77 says:

    notes: Though not the same virus as in the OP, this bacteriophage virus caught my eye a while back:

    The Virus – Assembly Of A Molecular “Lunar Landing” Machine – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4023122

    Clockwork That Drives Powerful Virus Nanomotor Discovered
    Excerpt: Because of the motor’s strength–to scale, twice that of an automobile–the new findings could inspire engineers designing sophisticated nanomachines.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/re.....200748.htm

    The bacteriophage Virus – A Molecular Lunar Landing Machine – video
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4205494

    Bacteriophage T4 DNA Packaging and Infection

    The first thought I had when I saw the bacteriophage virus is that it looks similar to the lunar lander of the Apollo program. The comparison is not without merit considering some of the relative distances to be traveled and the virus must somehow possess, as of yet unelucidated, orientation, guidance, docking, unloading, loading, etc… mechanisms. And please remember this level of complexity exists in a world that is far too small to be seen with the naked eye. This excellent video gives a small glimpse at the intricate, and humbling, complexity that goes into crafting the “simple” non-living bacteriophage virus. of note: perhaps the ‘Lunar Lander’ virus ‘devolved’ from the ‘command module’ virus! 🙂

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