Popular Virus Definitions ParaphrasedViruses are infectious agents that are cellular parasites because they must replicate inside a host cell, utilizing the host cell's resources. Viruses are parasites. Viruses may be viewed as mobile genetic elements.
Problematic Parasite PerspectiveIn contrast to the above definitions, there is information that should cause us to rethink our perspective about viruses. 1. There are good and bad viruses, just as there are good and bad forms of everything. For the longest time I've been commenting on bad viruses only.
2. Nothing can be a parasite unless it's alive. Yet and still, viruses are classified outside the realm of living organisms. For example, many people adhere either to viruses as not being alive or think ”viruses sit on the line between life and non-life.” This is the same as saying, when you are asleep, you are in no man's land - a kind of purgatory.
3. Viruses are not the only parasite. Based on the definition of a parasite, humans are also parasites. All life on Earth is a parasite because all life on Earth must live off Earth as a host cell. All life on Earth needs Earth and Earth's resources in order to reproduce.
4. All cells are parasites.
5. Earth cannot sustain itself without the Sun, Moon, Stars, Asteroids, Meteors, Comets, Other Stars, etc. Earth is a parasite.
Partial List Of Roles & Functions1. Multiple benefits to humans, plants and all other hosts. Thus there is a symbiotic aspect in addition to a parasitic aspect.*
2. Help control other microbes.
3. Contribute to genetic diversity and evolution.
4. Causes constant updating of immune system, thus continuous vaccination/immunization.
5. Continuous element (nutrient) recycling on a massive scale.
Problematic Virus ClassificationViruses are classified based on morphology, chemical composition and mode of replication; however, prokaryotes and eurkaryotes are primarily classified based on the morphology of whether or not their genetic material is enclosed by a membrane. We've seen this type of sleight-of-hand before, in relation to the intentional misclassification of sickle cell anemia and thalassemia.
What's In A Name?“Vir” is the Virgin and the Virile Male, the rNA and drNA, the Two Truths. (NG1 204/222, 208/222, 211/229) Viruses can be said to be the “x” factor of life because not only are they life, they also introduce an element of the unknown into life. Viruses introduce the fixed and variable nature of genetic code into the algebraic equation of the ecosystem. A virus is just like a bit and byte of computer code. Pieces of computer code are constantly moving around inside cells and being edited, added and deleted. Since the human body is a metaphor of the Universe, pieces of genetic code are also moving around in the Universe. We call these pieces, viruses, not really understanding what's in a name and that we are closer to being accurate than we realize. The First Truth is the rNA virus which is more ubiquitous than the drNA virus. As explained, the rNA virus is more active, less stable, more flexible and more susceptible, thus it endures many more genetic changes, thus evolves and devolves quicker than a drNA virus. A drNA virus is just the opposite of the rNA virus, thus the drNA virus is more specific to certain species since it is slower to change, thus more of a specialist. In other words, viruses that seem to always be changing into a new strain, are rNA viruses. Viruses that are not transmissible between different species are drNA viruses. Recognizable rNA viruses are: Ebola fever, SARS, Common cold, Influenza, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, West Nile fever, Polio, Measles, Rubella, Rotavirus (gastroenteritis), HIV (AIDS).
Recognizable drNA viruses are: Herpes (includes Varicella Zoster called chickenpox), Palyoma, Papilloma (HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause), Parvo, Hepatitis B.
SummaryAs we learned in the Evolution Of Clones, viruses existed before life on Earth existed.
Some viruses contain an additional virus called a satellite rNA. These two viruses must work together.
A complete virus particle is called a virion.
We live in an environment.
“En” is a form of “Ne” which is a form of “NA” which is nature.
We live in a nature-viron-ment, of which, virions (viruses) are an integral and intentional living evolutionary linkage that helps code the Universe for all possible combinations and challenges, thus helping to fulfill the need incentive.
*In 2006, the United States FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved the use of a mixture of viruses to be sprayed on meat for human consumption. You be the judge of whether this is good or bad