Cell biology Intelligent Design

New theory suggests that giant viruses created the cell nucleus

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The cell nucleus is what distinguishes animals, plants, fungi, etc., from bacteria:

No one knows exactly how the nucleus evolved and created that division. Growing evidence has persuaded some researchers, however, that the nucleus might have arisen through a symbiotic partnership much like the one believed to have produced mitochondria. A crucial difference, though, is that the partner responsible for the nucleus might not have been a cell at all, but a virus.

“What we [eukaryotes] are is a classic case of what they call emergent complexity,” explained Philip Bell, the head of research for the yeast biotechnology company MicroBioGen. Bell proposed a viral origin for the eukaryotic nucleus back in 2001 and refreshed the theory in September. “It’s three organisms that came together to make a new community, which eventually integrated to such an extent that it became, effectively, a new life-form.”

Christie Wilcox, “Did Viruses Create the Nucleus? The Answer May Be Near.” at Quanta

He points to the “viral factories” that giant viruses build inside prokaryotic cells. A similar theory holds that bacteria became our mitochondria. These sorts of theories are called “endosymbiosis.” There are many conflicting subtheories, as Wilcox details. One is that cells “learned” how to construct a nucleus from the giant viruses. If so, they are smarter than we think—or something is, anyhow.

We’re waiting for the book to come out, “The Mind of the Cell,” which details this discovery on the cells’ part. 😉

See also: Why do many scientists see cells as intelligent? Bacteria appear to show intelligent behavior. But what about individual cells in our bodies?

5 Replies to “New theory suggests that giant viruses created the cell nucleus

  1. 1
    martin_r says:

    i am kind of tired of these darwinian just-so-stories…

  2. 2
    martin_r says:

    Darwinian science:

    “might have arisen…”
    “like the one believed…”
    “might not have been…”
    “which eventually integrated…”

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    Latemarch says:

    From the article:

    “What we [eukaryotes] are is a classic case of what they call emergent complexity,” explained Philip Bell

    “I know! It’s so cool,” enthused the Darwinist. “Somehow complexity, at some point, just emerges from the four fundamental forces.”

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    ET says:

    Talk about saying anything to save your losing position on life.

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    mahuna says:

    People are confusing the METHOD with the, um, “program.”
    1. The Deity, on a slow afternoon, decides that it might be fun to watch a Tide Pool full of Sea Monkees.
    2. The Sea Monkee development plan starts getting complicated and is falling behind schedule.
    3. The Deity grabs the first thing at hand, which turns out to be a Giant Virus (Code Name FRANKENSTEIN).
    4. Throwing the Giant Virus into the Tidal Pool cuts Sea Monkee development time down to only 50 million years.
    5. The Deity goes to Lunch.
    6. The Sea Monkees then demand Somebody get this Giant Virus out of THEIR Tidal Pool. This begins Phase II.

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