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Giant viruses: Aw, why not just dig up and haul that tree of life to a tree museum?

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Recently, I wrote about the pandoravirus (as in Pandora’s box), virus so big it seems like a cell, but it isn’t, so it is said to hint at a fourth domain of life. Science, AAAS’s mag, has this to say about it in the Abstract:

“Ever-Bigger Viruses Shake Tree of Life” … Most of the pandoravirus genes don’t look like any genes in known databases, suggesting the viruses originated from a totally different primitive cellular lineage than bacteria, archaea, and eukarya. The tree of life may need to be redrawn to account for these new viruses, some researchers say. (You have to pay to read the article.)

Technically a tree museum is an arboretum. Many are quite elaborate, featuring specimens from around the world.

4 Replies to “Giant viruses: Aw, why not just dig up and haul that tree of life to a tree museum?

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT: Live video webcasts only biological geeks could love:
    The Physiological Society’s Annual Public Lecture live online here
    University of Oxford, United Kingdom July 21-26, 2013 (Page down halfway for videos)
    (The Physiological Society) Webcast schedule

    Of interest tomorrow morning for us in the USA:

    11.45 – 12.45 (UK time), Wednesday 24 July
    Sifting circuits for motor control
    Thomas M Jessell
    Columbia University, United States

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT: Luskin weighs in on Prothero’s rant, I mean review, over Darwin’s Doubt

    Darwin Defenders Love Donald Prothero’s Ranting Review of Darwin’s Doubt
    Casey Luskin July 23, 2013

    Myself, I think Prothero’s diatribe, I mean review, against Darwin’s Doubt was motivated in large part by the embarrassment he, and Shermer, received at the hands of Meyer and Sternberg in this following debate:
    Has Evolution Adequately Explained the Origins of Life?
    Bringing a knife to a gun fight is the feeling I had of Prothero’s defence in the debate against Meyer.

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    lifepsy says:

    BA77, that is a great debate. It gets good around 50 minute mark when Sternberg describes the ridiculous scenario of whale evolution. Shermer starts hand-waving. Meyer shuts down Shermer’s tired “science vs. religion” routine. Prothero bluffs on Cambrian fossils. Meyer refutes him.

    Wish they would do more of these. Why don’t they? Who arranged this and why aren’t they arranging more? It would be interesting if the public was regularly exposed to real debates like this where evolutionists are forced to try and defend the data.

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    bornagain77 says:

    Yes lifepsy, the ERV refutation by Sternberg was excellent as well. Like you, I would love to see Prothero and Meyer debate again directly on the Cambrian explosion. Hopefully people who can make it happen are thinking along the same line. I’m sure if it was held in the proper venue it would pay for itself and definitely be of interest on the net.

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