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Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:22 AM

Something tells me people calling it a "Chinese virus" don't know anything about viruses

If I remember my biology right, a virus...

* Is not really a lifeform
* Hijacks the functions of plant, animal, and bacteria cells they infect to make more viruses
* Hijacks the cells in a way so they don't just explode into new viruses but are gradually depleted and are diverted from the things they normally do
* Injects material into the cell, it changes the cell by injecting DNA and RNA into the cell. And that's pretty much what a virus is, it's DNA (or RNA) covered by a shield of proteins.

In layman's terms and a way to see it through the lens of pop culture is that viruses, the crystal-shaped structures that we all know, is sort of like the face-hugger in terms of Aliens, an intermediary phase at most. A virus does the real work changing your DNA and altering your cells to make more of it.

So... for all those white nationalists who want to get coronavirus and then spread it to "non-white" people, for all those "unheard Americans" who will never shut up and listen, and for that President calling it a "Chinese virus"; if a "Chinese" virus is changing your DNA and your cells, what's that make you?


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Reply Something tells me people calling it a "Chinese virus" don't know anything about viruses (Original post)
ck4829 Mar 23 OP
hangaleft Mar 23 #1
EndlessWire Mar 23 #8
Phoenix61 Mar 23 #2
jberryhill Mar 23 #3
ck4829 Mar 23 #4
nykym Mar 23 #5
dreamland Mar 23 #6
uponit7771 Mar 23 #7
ProfessorGAC Mar 23 #9

Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:26 AM

1. If you put a stethoscope up against an infected person's lungs...

...you will hear Mandarin being spoken.

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Response to hangaleft (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:28 PM

8. LOL! n/t

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:28 AM

2. I've always thought viruses were neat.

They are the original gene splicers. Not really alive but can be quite deadly. Iíve always wondered how they evolved.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:39 AM

3. "I've always wondered how they evolved"

 


As a non-reproductive way for genetic material to be shared across species, they have been part of the process.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160713100911.htm

Viruses hijack nearly every function of a host organism's cells in order to replicate and spread, so it makes sense that they would drive the evolution of the cellular machinery to a greater extent than other evolutionary pressures such as predation or environmental conditions. The study sheds light on some longstanding biological mysteries, such as why closely-related species have evolved different machinery to perform identical cellular functions, like DNA replication or the production of membranes.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:48 AM

4. Me too. They probably have a hand in *creating* advanced life

Like in the case of the flagellum where simple organisms fused to make a more advanced one.

Bacteria may have picked up and fused viruses to make the cell nucleus which gave eukaryote cells (Everything not bacteria... us included) the ability to regulate gene expression and protect the genetic material from things which could harm it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viral_eukaryogenesis

I remember also reading somewhere that the very neurotransmitters in animal brains and nervous systems which allows everything from movement to cognition and perception does look like one cell shooting a virus capsule at another. Perhaps there could be a link?

Something similar to it:
https://health-innovations.org/2018/01/19/previously-unknown-method-of-neurotransmission-identified/

Viruses evolved because we evolved and if there were no viruses then the Earth would be nothing but the simplest of bacteria. So we have to take the good with the bad. All in all it is pretty neat.


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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:49 AM

5. It already has a name

Covid 19 for short
But I will accept another name tRUMP virus

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 10:58 AM

6. You'll know you're talking to a rumper.

They won't bother to try to hide it.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:34 AM

7. K&R

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 12:31 PM

9. Your Instincts Are Perfect

They don't understand anything about anything esoteric or scientific.

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