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If you get sick with the flu, for example, every infected cell in your airway produces about 10,000 new viruses. If there can be so many viruses in a single person, how many viruses are there in total on our planet?
Scientists don’t come up with a number like 1031 by counting every single virus on Earth. It used to be that scientists could only conduct these surveys by squinting down a microscope and actually spotting the individual viruses. But scientists have long known that there’s another kind of virus out there, one that uses a somewhat different molecule for its genes. The methods that scientists use to tally up DNA viruses often miss RNA viruses, so it’s been hard for scientists to estimate how many RNA viruses are on Earth. Their conclusion was remarkable: RNA viruses made up between 38 and 63% of the viruses in the sea water.
This can be surprising when you consider the number of hosts that RNA and DNA viruses can infect.
If it does, I’ll have to find some new metaphors to describe 10000000000000000000000000000000 + 10000000000000000000000000000000.
The finding that half of viruses in the environment might be “RNA viruses” is a significant finding, and this is a great post about it.
There are a number of RNA bacteriophages, although they seem to be less common than DNA bacteriophages- only two of the 19 known bacteriophage families (Cystoviridae and Leviviridae) are RNA viruses, and I only know of one report of a marine RNA phage. But if they aren’t, then we need some name that can encompass the things that are “really” alive, along with the things that carry genes, can evolve, and carry out all the other life-ish tasks that viruses do.
There is not that much difference between 1x10exp31 and 2x10exp31 – not when the margin of error for either DNA or RNA viruses is around ten-fold!
With the recent realization that viruses are the most abundant organisms on Earth and that the repertoire of viral genes exceeds that of cellular species, not to mention the significant role played by viruses in the evolution of their hosts (e.g.
When it comes to planet Earth, the realization that it is ‘round’, not ‘flat’, has been one of the major breakthroughs in human knowledge.
As pointed out by Torbjorn, Carl’s remark on the question whether viruses are alive or not is certainly valuable: you can write an article in Scientific American, if not a book, expanding on it. Most of the problems and confusion associate with this question are associated with the misleading view about the nature of viruses as virus particles and the evolutionary origin of viral lineages.
Since their discovery more than a century ago, viruses have been identified with the virus particles and defined based on the physical, biochemical and biological properties of these particles (see my comment above and references therein). Similarly, the hypotheses about the evolutionary origin of the ancestral viral lineages are critical in addressing the question whether the extant viruses are living or non-living. Just because the answer to a question is unclear, does not necessarily mean it is an interesting or useful question. The issues I addressed in my previous comments might be relevant for some people and not for others. To be specific to our conversation, the issue of understanding the nature of viruses is not trivial. Indeed, due the dogma of viruses as virus particles, thousands of scientific articles and books written during the last century contain embarrassing errors that border the pseudo-science realm. Thanks very much Mr carl zimmer for your discovering a very excited scientific news, i real congratulate.
I think a back-of-the-envelope (or preferably, these days, front-of-calculator) calculation based on average virion size = 100 nm, and number of viruses = 10exp31, will give you 170 million light years.
As I have mentioned above, however, the number of viruses is estimated from concentrations in seawater, and probably seriously underestimates both the number of RNA and ssDNA viruses – so there are probably a LOT more viruses than we thought there were. From a more grassroots level: My understanding of a virus is that it is an incomplete organism due to its lack of sufficient DNA to replicate itself. Viruses likely cause most all cancer–20% of cancers are currently proven to be viral induced.
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One reason that K111 has gone overlooked till now is that it found a good place to hide–the center of chromosomes. Ironically, it was the HIV in the patients Markovitz and his colleagues studied which brought K111 back to light. Markovitz and his colleagues wondered if the Tat in their HIV-infected patients was spurring cells to also make copies of K111.
It’s conceivable that K111 interacts with HIV to contribute to AIDS, but Markovitz and his colleagues found no evidence of that.
This is discovery of K111 is only the beginning of understanding the way the human genome and it’s centromere DNA adapts, mutates and may be responsible for the misconception of mathematical impossibilities. It also makes me wonder who is really in charge of this body of mine — me or the viruses that inhabit it? So we have been carrying around a virus for 6 million years that has been mutating in our dna like gangbusters since we separated from chimps? Markovitz is spelled one way 10 times, and two other ways in the same short article, Markovits and Markowitz.
My main interest in this discovery is wondering what effect the K111 virus has in infected hosts.
Our own immune system always runs the risk of turning against us and causing autoimmune disorders like arthritis and lupus.
A single microbe can thus build up memories of its pathogens, in a manner reminiscent of the way we build up memories in our own immune system. Viruses that infect bacteria have evolved their own set of tricks to evade the bacterial immune system. The scientists, led by Andrew Camilli, stumbled across the virus while studying the bacteria that causes cholera, known as Vibrio cholerae. They revisited a decade of cholera outbreaks by analyzing frozen stool that Bangladeshi doctors had stored from patients between 2001 and 2010. Kimberly Seed, a postdoctoral fellow in Camilli’s lab, started sequencing the genes of ICP1 to look for the source its special strength. The ICP1 virus didn’t evolve its own CRISPR genes on its own, the scientists conclude. There are lots of very practical reasons to study immunity in the microbial world–reasons that sometimes only become clear in hindsight.
With an adaptive immune system, these viruses might be able to learn new tricks to overcome any new defenses the bacteria evolve.
I’ve noticed the commenters here run the gamut from deferential to boorish and overly pedantic. Hi again, sorry to be pedantic – but accuracy is not a minor issue when such a large fraction of the population believe that evolution is not factual. Actually, to be pedantic, I think even if Carl Zimmer intended to use it as a metaphor (which is fine by me), the usage infact is technically correct.
The permutations of biology as we find them are so mixed and unexpected that eventually the idea of organisms arising by random mutations begins to seem plausible.
2) This point is impossible to decode, but we have plenty of evidence that our immune system has evolved from ancestral fishes. 3) That DNA learns similarly to the immune system as mentioned in the article is biology 101.
Dawkins has a text where he shows how a populations genome use bayesian learning to channel Shannon information into itself. My main concern is that describing viruses this sort of way is confusing for the layperson, and leads to misconceptions.
There are 1.5 million species said to already be extinct and now 47000 are on this list, including our chimp cousins (and all great apes) that are so degraded they can hardly reproduce and cannot fend for themselves and have a very limited environment to live in.
135% rise in childhood invasive cancer in 34 years with the most in the under one year old.
We are in a really bad genetic condition and getting worse by on average 3 deleterious mutations per generation found so far. According to seer(dot)cancer(dot)gov the invasive cancer rates for children are a horrible statistic that people seem to want to avoid. I have researched this for 45 years and have never seen one verifiable objective piece of evidence to support evolution.
There is no way to deny that extinction is the real path of evolution OR you can try to stop the genetic degradation by understanding the causes. Cancer death rates only show that cancer treatments have improved, but the average life after cancer is said to be cured if you live 5 more years. The one that is also startling is that for the first time in 50 years, the last 6 years shows an increase in infant mortality in EVERY COUNTRY that reports. This is because 50,000 mutation and the nature of how mutations work does not allow for magic. Check out Crabtree’s article on people getting dumber and that 3000 years ago we reached the peak of intelligence according to DNA data. And we know that humans have 20,000 pseudo genes that are no functioning, like the GULO for vitamin C.
When we live in certain environments and we eat certain ways we atrophy genes that are not used and then lose the ability to adapt and the environment becomes extremely small until we go extinct. There is nothing in DNA evidence to support any form of evolution of simple life towards complex. I’ve read every article on so called evolution of bacteria and guess what, it does not evolve. In order to show evolution in the sense of the original definition that I learned in school, you must show advancements in complexity that equate to new cells forming with new functions. Now try to tell me the odds of that as well as the odds of it choosing by random the new start and stop codons. Evolution believers are amazing that they miss the obvious because they are not allowed to see it. Evolution is the change in frequencies of different alleles in populations over time, brought about by forces like selection and drift.
I found the original post about the CRISPR genes in a virus amazing and excellently written. Regarding evolution — One of the best examples of evolution I like to point out to skeptics is antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Virus hunters published a paper today in the science journal PLOS Pathogens, describing how a team spanning a number of institutions identified a deadly virus unknown to exist until it killed three people within a few days in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In the summer of 2009 a teenager living in the rural village of Mangala in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) suddenly fell ill and developed symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever, including bleeding from mucous membranes and blood in the vomit. Within a week, yet a third patient showed the same symptoms — this time a male nurse who attended to the first two patients. These were the first known cases of the outbreak that would lead to the discovery of the Bas-Congo virus (BASV), named after the province in the southwest corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the three people lived. We’re proud to be part of a global consortium responsible for the discovery and identification of BASV, which was announced today in Plos Pathogens. Through close collaboration between DRC’s hospitals, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and the DRC’s Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale (INRB), the samples from the third patient were transferred for diagnostic testing to Dr. Unable to derive further information from the sample, Metabiota then brought the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) on board to employ its extensive experience in identifying unknown viruses. UCSF’s approach, known as unbiased deep sequencing, involves reading the complete genetic material of a sample and identifying and assembling that information into genomes – the genetic codes of organisms. These findings, along with further studies and follow-up investigation at the site of the initial outbreak, provided greater certainty that BASV was indeed responsible for the outbreak. While the symptoms associated with BASV are similar to those caused by well-known viruses such as Ebola, members of BASV’s viral family, rhabdoviruses, have not previously been known to cause hemorrhagic fever in humans. While we’re proud to be part of the consortium responsible for the discovery of BASV, in our line of work the excitement of scientific discovery is often dampened by the reality of the suffering of individuals intimately impacted by viruses such as BASV.
Fortunately, programs like those supported by USAID and the DoD have begun to create robust systems for identifying viruses like BASV and curbing epidemics at their earliest stages.  And new techniques like unbiased deep sequencing permit findings like this that would have been missed before. Discoveries like this are essential to the maintenance of a globally sensitive and responsive public health system. Nathan Wolfe will write on more benevolent microbes in the January issue of National Geographic magazine. Peanuts in the shell suck on the shell too a different kind of salt is use roasted in shell. I am against what someone wrote, Congolese will never be eradicated by viruses, while you guys care for rare animal species, this poor country potentially rich is searching a way out from poverty, exploitation, injustice, genocide to emerge as free people. Every one want a piece of Congo for their own benefit, why no body is caring for these dying people. If it is true that most new deadly viruses come from Africa, then I think it logical that since it is where homo sapiens first appeared it would also be the 1st place where new strains appeared as per evolution.
The eradication of the Congo people by a virus would be a blessing as they are brutally killing off the last of many species and are simply unable to control their bloodlust.
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To study the microbes that live in a person’s guts, scientists will typically collect a stool sample, break all the DNA within into small fragments, and sequence these pieces. Dutilh’s team, led by Rob Edwards at San Diego State University, analysed 466 metagenomes that have been added to public databases and found crAssphage in three-quarters of them. The work highlights just how much we don’t know about the viruses in our guts and “what exciting times these are for viral discovery”, says Lesley Ogilvie from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. But how could such a common virus go undiscovered for so long, especially considering how popular the study of gut microbes has become?
The alternative is to use metagenomics to analyse a microbe’s genes without having to grow it. The usual strategy is to work off what you know by aligning these new sequences to those in databases. Dutilh’s team found it by using a different approach based on a simple idea: that fragments which repeatedly turn up in the same samples are more likely to be parts of the same genome.
The genome had several distinctive features which told the researchers that it belonged to a phage, albeit one that’s very different to any we currently know of. They used the same technique to work out what the virus infects: if there’s lots of crAssphage DNA in a sample, there should also be lots of DNA from its host. Many scientists had assumed that viruses in the gut are caught up in fast-paced evolutionary battles with local bacteria.
How do they know that the sequences they’ve put together for the ass phage are genuinely from a single genome rather than just a bunch of pieces from different jigsaws which happen to look like they might fit together? I also wonder if these viruses may be significant contributors to various diseases, such as obesity or cancers.
What is no beginning to be understood is that your body is not your body, but a somewhat abstracted component of the vast ecological system we call the biosphere (and perhaps also part of a vast system of consciousness of existence itself). We can say we are subsystems within more complex systems, and systems comprising many less complex subsystems, and yet it is also a continuum, with identities quite relative, overlapping, and fluid.
Sign up for my weekly newsletter - The Ed's Up - to find out about my writing and other activities. Swedish police have ceded control over 55 ‘no-go zones’ to predominately Muslim criminal gangs. Do not take the Flue vaccine National geographic Zombie Virus” Possible via Rabies-Flu Hybrid? In the zombie flicks 28 Days Later and I Am Legend, an unstoppable viral plague sweeps across humanity, transforming people into mindless monsters with cannibalistic tendencies. For instance, rabies—a viral disease that infects the central nervous system—can drive people to be violently mad, according to Samita Andreansky, a virologist at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Florida who also appears in the documentary.

Combine rabies with the ability of a flu virus to spread quickly through the air, and you might have the makings of a zombie apocalypse. Unlike movie zombies, which become reanimated almost immediately after infection, the first signs a human has rabies—such as anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, and paralysis—don’t typically appear for ten days to a year, as the virus incubates inside the body.
If the genetic code of the rabies virus experienced enough changes, or mutations, its incubation time could be reduced dramatically, scientists say. Many viruses have naturally high mutation rates and constantly change as a means of evading or bypassing the defenses of their hosts.
There are various ways viral mutations can occur, for example through copying mistakes during gene replication or damage from ultraviolet light. But for the rabies virus to trigger a zombie pandemic like in the movies, it would also have to be much more contagious. Humans typically catch rabies after being bitten by an infected animal, usually a dog—and the infection usually stops there. Thanks to pet vaccinations, people rarely contract rabies in the United States today, and even fewer people die from the disease. A faster mode of transmission would be through the air, which is how theinfluenza virus spreads. Different forms, or strains, of the same virus can swap pieces of genetic code through processes called reassortment or recombination, said Elankumaran Subbiah, a virologist at Virginia Tech who was not involved in the documentary. But unrelated viruses simply do not hybridize in nature, Subbiah told National Geographic News. Likewise, it’s scientifically unheard of for two radically different viruses such as rabies and influenza to borrow traits, he said.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Pollen, and ultimately flowers, led to explosive diversification in plants, turning a brown planet green and then red, yellow, white, orange, and all the rest. Over the past 15 years I’ve spent a lot of time poking cotton swabs up human noses, pig snouts, bird beaks, and primate proboscises, looking for signs of such agents before they cause deadly pandemics.
We have known about bacteria, which make up much of the mass of life on Earth, only since Antoni van Leeuwenhoek began training his microscopes on samples of pond water and saliva some 350 years ago.
Our past ignorance of the microbial abundance on the planet stemmed in large part from our inability to grow most microorganisms in the laboratory.
Many airborne microbes haven’t come from very far away, but some have traveled enormous distances. Above the air we breathe, the upper atmosphere also contains microbes, floating as high as 22 miles above Earth’s surface. All told, the microbes in your body outnumber your own cells by ten to one and can weigh as much as or more than your brain—about three pounds in an average adult. For the most part, the microbes inhabiting our bodies are either beneficial ones or unobtrusive freeloaders. We get our first dose of these microbial coconspirators as we pass through our mother’s vaginal canal, where the bacterial population changes dramatically during pregnancy.
What makes these strains so dangerous is their resistance to antibiotics, those miracles of modern medicine that since the middle of the past century have saved millions of lives. Stanford University microbiologist Nathan Wolfe is the founder of Global Viral and the CEO of Metabiota. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious diseases, work with some of the most deadly forms of life on earth, killer viruses. When our cells make a protein from a gene, they make a copy on a single-stranded molecule called RNA. In the current issue of the ISME Journal, scientists at the University of Hawaii describe a new method they developed to fill that hole. In the ocean, bacteria (hosts to DNA-based bacteriophages) far outnumber eukaryotes (hosts to RNA viruses). It’s possible that for some reason the waters off the coast of Hawaii are weirdly good places to find them. However, even if this finding is correct, it should have little effect, if any, on our view about the abundance of viruses on Earth, which is estimated to be at 10 to the power of 31. That said, very little is known about marine phages, so an alternate interpretation of this paper is that RNA phages may be more prevalent (in the ocean at least) than previously thought. There are good reasons to suppose that the entire universe is vastly bigger and very possibly infinite. I’m sure Carl knows that many viruses have more than “a few genes”; he knows that some viruses have more than a thousand genes, which is many times more than some cellular species. Because of this misleading concept, the question about the living or non-living nature of viruses has remained in disarray. For example, if viral lineages originated from ‘genetic elements’ that existed before the origin of the cellular organisms, currently the prevalent hypothesis, or if the viral lineages originated later from ‘endogenous cellular genetic elements’, then defining them as living or non-living is more of a judgment call.
I would predict, for example, that they are highly significant for Carl, who is scholar interested in viruses and has written some wonderful articles and books about them. Take for example, the following quote from James Watson’s book “Molecular Biology of the Gene” which is highly representative of the modern, scientific description of viruses: “all viruses differ fundamentally from cells, which have both DNA and RNA, in that viruses contain only one type of nucleic acid, which may be either DNA or RNA”. Many of the other currently-unexplained, non-malignant fatal illnesses that plague mankind likely will be eventually be shown to be viral in origin. Infectious disease (viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic) have historically killed lots of children and thereby acted as a much more efficient constraint on population growth, but the human population was growing anyway even before the relatively recent development of vaccines, antibiotics, and now antivirals. Phenomena is hosted by National Geographic magazine, which invites you to join the conversation.
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And Markovitz’s discovery enabled him to add considerably to our understanding of these shadowy creatures.
The genes belonged to a family of endogenous retroviruses called HERV-K, but they were not quite like any known HERV-K virus previously found. Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute and his colleagues have sequenced the Neanderthal genome, as well as the genome of a lineage of mysterious cousins of Neanderthals, known as Denisovans. When people get infected with HIV, the virus makes a protein called Tat which uncoils tightly wound stretches of human DNA, which allows its host cell to make more HIV at a faster rate.
This is the best article written on the subject that I have seen anywhere, and I’ve been looking all around.
Kaposi sarcoma, Herpes viruses, and other viruses may be the dormant mummies that are awakened by genetic pertubations likewise in AIDS patients. We are carrying all those viruses in our body so if we would be able to get rid of all of them including everything what we acquired from ancestors, I’m sure we could live in health over 2-300 years! It would be interesting to know what the eradication of k111 from our genome would do to us.
The fact that we have discovered a dormant accomplish to HIV’s terror within our own genome makes me wary of the other terrors contained within myself.
He postulates that the word was a virus of what he calls BIOLOGIC MUTATION effecting the biologic change in its host which was then genetically conveyed. The illness perhaps assumed a more malignant form in the male because of his more developed and rigid muscular structure causing death through strangulation and vertebral fracture. Could viruses actually make it possible or impossible for some people to reason in certain ways? If you can’t believe that bacteria can have an immune system, then you will miss the clues that they, in fact, have one. They may not get infected by the same pathogens that infect us, but they are continually hounded by viruses. Some species can muck up the production of new viruses, stealing their proteins before they can form shells. In order to turn a virus’s genes into new virus proteins, a microbe must first make a copy of the gene in a molecule called RNA.
The bacteria hold onto an invading virus’s DNA, so that they are now prepared for a fresh attack.
But if you build up a healthy store of antibodies to various strains of flu, smallpox, and other diseases, all that knowledge dies with you.
When a microbe reproduces, it passes down its CRISPR genes and all of their viral barcodes to its descendants–including the ones it acquired in its own lifetime. If you can evolve a way to avoid the defenses of the immune system of your host, you will thrive where other pathogens are killed. Last fall, for example, University of Cambridge scientists discovered viruses that carry an antidote for the suicide toxin made by their hosts.
In Nature today, scientists at Tufts University describe their discovery of a virus with its own immune system.
In those samples, they came across 15 different cholera-attacking viruses–12 of which were new to science. As I wrote in my book Microcosm, the discovery of restriction enzymes in the 1960s made modern biotechnology possible. And just because Camilli and his colleagues first discovered a virus with an immune system in V. Right now, we can enjoy the brain-stretching experience of looking out at the oceans, the forests, and even in our own mouths, and contemplate the existence of viruses that can learn something about their world.
We humans are proud of the mental processes that allow us to improve, say, a machine, without trying every possibile random change, until something works. That RNA is the core of the genetic system has resulted in a Nobel prize, and the ancestral RNA cell shows up in (protein fold) phylogenies.
It doesn’t matter if the pathogens were preexisting or appeared meanwhile, the evolution is a response to a situation, here co-evolution as described in the article.
Reversely, if genes only degraded there wouldn’t be seen well tested natural selection. We no longer can eat fiber plants, no longer can smell certain fragrances, no longer can we withstand living in the wild. Dog breeding is also a great example of artificial selection, which is simply evolution with human influence. They used sophisticated technologies and techniques to detect the new virus, which could cause fatal hemorrhagic fever outbreaks similar to Ebola. Recognizing the severity of the disease in the first two patients, the nurse was transferred to a regional general hospital, where he recovered after receiving care for a few days. Eric Leroy, the Director of CIRMF, an advanced virology laboratory based in the neighboring country of Gabon, and an expert in viral hemorrhagic fevers.
Rabies, for instance, can be a deadly disease if untreated, but the course and symptoms of rabies in humans are nothing like the rapid and deadly onset of BASV.
Such is the case today, where Metabiota is actively responding to an outbreak of Ebola in DRC in conjunction with DRC’s Ministry of Health and its national biomedical research institute INRB, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Such systems are vitally needed in an interconnected world like ours, where a virus can circumnavigate the globe in less than 24 hours. Posters and commenters are required to observe National Geographic's community rules and other terms of service. To learn firsthand what's going on in and around this marine treasure of global importance, the National Geographic Society sent its top scientists and officials to the region in January 2016. The result is a metagenome: a mish-mashed collection of DNA from all the local bacteria, viruses and other microbes. It’s as if zookeepers suddenly realised that most of their zoos contain a giant grey animal with tusks and a trunk, which no one had noticed before. But first, you have to assemble your mish-mash of sequences, which come from different organisms, into a complete genome. But this approach doesn’t work very well for our inner viruses because most of them are unknown.
They used a technique called cross-assembly to identify one such group of co-occurring sequences, in stool samples from 12 people. They looked at CRISPR sequences—a kind of bacterial immune system that recognises DNA from infecting phages. They help us break down our food, control the development of our immune system, and protect us from disease-causing bacteria. This leaves people with very different collections, and explains why most of the viral sequences that we find don’t match anything in the databases. Down the road can we use these viruses to boost immune systems and battle disease by giving instructions to them or read them to detect disease? His work has appeared in Wired, the New York Times, Nature, the BBC, New Scientist, Scientific American, the Guardian, the Times, and more.
When we inhale, our nostrils capture millions of invisible particles: dust, pollen, sea spray, volcanic ash, plant spores. As a result, I’ve come to think of air as the medium for the next pandemic rather than the means to sustain life.
Lately DNA sequencing techniques have allowed us to study whole populations in a given environment without the need to culture any of them in a petri dish. Dust from deserts in China moves across the Pacific to North America and east to Europe, eventually circling the globe.
I believe they could go even higher, though it’s hard to imagine they could live long so far from water and nutrients. Each of us is thus both an organism and a densely populated ecosystem, with habitats harboring species as different from one another as the animals in a jungle and a desert.
For instance, Lactobacillus johnsonii, which normally lives in the gut and helps us digest milk, becomes more abundant in the vagina, exposing the baby to the bacterium, perhaps to help prepare the way for digesting breast milk. At any one time about a third of us harbor in our nostrils Staphylococcus aureus, a normally benign bacterium that can turn virulent. The more we learn about our microbiota, however, the more we realize how easy it is for helpful microbes to get caught in the line of fire between an antibiotic and its intended target. The stomach microbe Helicobacter pylori has long been known to provoke ulcers in some people but in most serves the useful function of regulating immune cells in the stomach. DNA-encoded genes can also make RNA molecules that do other jobs, such as sensing the concentration of various elements inside a cell.
Through a series of additional steps, they concentrated the viruses down further and then extracted all the DNA and RNA from their samples. The scientists themselves acknowledge that they may be overestimating the number of RNA viruses through some flaw in their methods. Obviously, this astronomical number could have been easily underestimated or overestimated by a factor of 10, so doubling or halving this number is well within the margin of error of any estimation of this kind. However, I expected that Carl, who is a scholar and a science writer about viruses, would be curious about this question. Or to use a more recent perspective about the nature of viruses, the one posted by Carl a few days ago, if viruses are “just protein shells that package a few genes”, how can they be regarded as organisms comparable to the cellular microbes, such as Bacteria or Achaea? That’s because it is not clear at what stage during evolution from simple to complex these ‘genetic elements’ can be defined as viruses.
I would also predict that Carl will continue to write about viruses, but because of the issues addressed here, he will never write again that viruses are “just protein shells that package a few genes”, because that would be scientifically (and metaphorically) inaccurate and misleading. My point was just that I think it is silly to argue about definitions as if they were independent facts rather than human conventions. And, as I previously discussed (see references in previous comments) entire generations of virologists and other scientists have been victims of this dogma. Despite the common knowledge, that within their host cells, the so called ‘DNA viruses’ have both nucleic acids, even James Watson, the eminent scientist, who arguably knew nucleic acids better than anyone, has been a victim of this dogma. In fact the aging process itself with cellular senescence and death likely is related to endogenous retroviruses. I would hope than an intelligent designer would realize that a disease affecting fertility would be a far less murderous way of controlling population. So it wasn’t a huge surprise for Markovitz and his colleagues to find other viruses in the blood of the HIV patients.
Scientists have identified 100,000 pieces of retrovirus DNA in our genes, making up eight percent of the human genome.
He discovered new members of a particularly interesting class of endogenous retroviruses–ones that, even today, can still have life breathed into them. They knew that the human genome sequence was only about 95% finished, so they turned instead to the chimpanzee genome, on the off chance that the virus had infected the common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees over six million years ago. They then split apart the two strands of the DNA and added a short piece of DNA that would bind to K111, should it be lurking there.
They concluded that the virus infected our ancestors not long before the split between humans and chimpanzees roughly six million years ago.
Our own ancestors diverged from those of Neanderthals and Denisovans about 800,000 years ago.
But even if we generously assumed that Neanderthals and Denisovans had twenty K111 viruses apiece, that’s still a small fraction of the 100 or more copies of K111 the scientists found in the human genome. With no involvement of viruses, bacteria etc our body could be so strong,no mutations no kids born with disabilities!!! That doesn’t give scientists pause to think that perhaps this dormant code was not inherited because why? One reason that apes cant talk is because the structure of their inner throats is simply not designed to formulate words. Since the virus in both male and female precipitates sexual frenzy through irritation of sex centers in the brain the males impregnated the females in their death spasms and the altered throat structured was genetically conveyed. As I recall, chimps show evidence that they were massively infected with the simian version, that led to the near extinction of the species.
When a new pathogen turns up, our immune cells undergo a kind of interior version of natural selection.
They’re not multicellular organisms that can dedicate billions of cells to making antibodies, spewing poisons, and carrying out the many other tasks required for an immune system to work. A microbe that can defend itself against a virus will have a huge edge in the evolutionary race against its fellow microbes.

When a virus injects its genes, these so-called restriction enzymes shred them into genetic confetti, so that they can’t take over the cell. Likewise, restriction enzymes are a dangerous defense, because they can chop up the distinctive stretches of DNA in a bacterium’s own genes. Others commit suicide upon infection, so as to avoid becoming an incubator for new viruses that would then kill their nearby relatives.
When a virus invades these bacteria, they capture fragments of its DNA and insert them into their CRISPR genes. And over time, bacteria can build up little libraries of these virus barcodes. A single bacterium may carry dozens of these viral barcodes.
This evolutionary pressure has led to all sorts of remarkable evasions carried out by the pathogens that make us sick.
Fourteen of those 15 viruses came and went over the decade-long period, causing outbreaks among their bacteria hosts before disappearing. The ICP1 virus carries barcodes in its CRISPR genes that match pieces of its host’s own DNA. Scientists used the enzymes to cut and paste genes from one organism to another, creating microbial factories such as E.
In 2008, Camilli and his colleagues showed that viruses can prevent mice from getting sick with cholera, presumably by killing off the microbes.
I understand that writing for non-scientists is very hard, but sometimes such metaphors are read as the truth, and I think this undoes some of the value in attempting science education. Scientists studying bacteria observe the divergence of populations (a step in the origin of species) as well as new adaptations (feeding on citrate in the presence of oxygen, for example).
A week later, a 13-year-old girl who attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood came down with a similar illness and died within three days. Department of Defense, provided in part to identify undiscovered viruses that can cause viral hemorrhagic fevers, some of the most deadly infections known to man, Metabiota and partners sought to determine the cause of the outbreak. Utilizing this technology, we were able to reconstruct nearly 100 percent of the genome of BASV from less than one-tenth of one milliliter of the third patient’s blood.
There is some precedent, however, for hemorrhagic disease caused by rhabdoviruses in the animal kingdom – some other rhabdoviruses that affect fish are known to cause hemorrhagic septicemia, acute bleeding and death. BASV represents only one of perhaps thousands of potential threats which must be identified before they strike. It is therefore only logical that new species (call them virus, Animal) emerge in this natural environment; that is beacuse it is still natural. As I read The Hot Zone, I was fascinated and absolutely enraptured by the astounding lethality of the Ebola virus, only to find, while poking around the CDC website, that even that was outdated. They toured the desert islands off the southeastern coast of the Baja Peninsula and they listened to presentations by more than a dozen experts, including several whose Baja California research is funded by the Society. It actually accounted for 1.7 percent of all the sequences that the team analysed—six times more than all the other known phages put together.
And since most gut bacteria won’t grow easily in a lab, the viruses that infect them are similarly hard to rear. It’s a bit like putting all the pieces of a thousand jigsaw puzzles into one bag, and trying to solve just one.
The team scanned all known bacterial genomes for CRISPR sequences that matched crAssphage and found that the closest matches came from two groups of gut bacteria, one of which was Bacteroides. Their numbers change depending on the food we eat, and they correlate with our risk of different diseases. By killing off the most abundant bacteria in the gut, they ensure that no single species can monopolise the space. But the existence of crAssphage challenges this concept: it was part of the pool of unknowns but it’s also incredibly common. Unknown sequences in faecal metagenomes reveal a widely distributed and highly abundant bacteriophage.
But breathe easy: Most of the microbes in the air do us little or no harm, and some almost certainly do us good. And it is only in the past few decades that we have come to realize how ubiquitous microbes are, flourishing from the tops of clouds to miles below the Earth’s surface. In 2006, for instance, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced that air samples collected from San Antonio and Austin, Texas, harbored at least 1,800 distinct species of airborne bacteria, putting the richness of air in the same league as that of soil.
Such dust clouds harbor bacteria and viruses from the soils where they originated, as well as other microbes they pick up from the smoke of garbage fires or from the mist above the oceans they cross. Oxygen is a waste product of photosynthesis, and we owe the invention of that process, about two and a half billion years ago, to cyanobacteria. They manufacture vital vitamins and anti-inflammatory proteins that our own genes cannot produce, and they train our immune systems to combat infectious intruders. Usually competition from other members of the nostril community appears to keep this bacterium under control.
Some 10 to 40 percent of children who are given a broad-spectrum antibiotic develop antibiotic-associated diarrhea, because their gut microbiota have been disturbed. Instead, they infect us, plants, fungi, protozoans–all members of the same great lineage of life known as eukaryotes.
The scientists then measured how much of each kind of molecule was present in the sea water. But when I contacted an expert on global virus surveys, Curtis Suttle of the University of British Columbia, for his opinion, he gave a thumbs-up. Probably, Carl did not read my comment and previous papers on the subject (1, 2), or maybe he did not agree with my thesis and that of other virologists (e.g. On the other hand, if viruses originated from bona fide cellular species (which everyone agrees that are living ) by reductive evolution as predicted by the fusion model on the origin of viruses (1, 2), then it easier and more intuitive to regard viruses as organisms and, therefore, living.
Also, the latest General Social Survey from the University of Chicago and multiple other sources (Pew, for example) suggest that far less than 90% of the U.S. Another, called env, makes knobs on the outer surface of the virus, that allow it to latch onto cells and invade them. That’s a huge portion of our DNA when you consider that protein coding genes make up just over one percent of the genome. Yet the dying virus could still make a new copy of its genes and insert them back into its host genome. The scientists found over 100 copies of the virus in the human genome, scattered across fifteen chromosomes. It was only later, in the past 800,000 years, that K111 started proliferating at a faster pace. When scientists reconstruct the sequence of a genome, they break DNA down into many overlapping segments, which they then try to rebuild based on overlapping similarities. Perhaps the lack of cooperation, compatibility, and interaction between our dormant viral dna is what gives us free will.
Having effected alterations in the host’s structure that resulted in a new species specially designed to accomodate the virus the virus can now replicate without disturbing the metabolism and without being recognized a virus. However, a few chimps developed an immunity to the virus, and now do not show symptoms when infected. In other cases, the immune system simply keeps strangers in check, preventing them from spreading. Over the course of several cell divisions, new variants emerge that do a better and better job of recognizing the newcomer.
It avoids attacking itself by capping those sequences in its own DNA, so that the restriction enzymes can’t reach them. The bacteria then use those captured fragments as a guide for building weapons against the virus. They camouflage themselves with human-like proteins; they attack key molecules, bringing our defenses to a standstill. And just last month, University of Toronto scientists even discovered anti-CRISPR genes in viruses, which the viruses use to shut down the production of virus-killing molecules. In fact, there’s some evidence suggesting that these viruses can bring cholera outbreaks to a halt.
But over time, a few of the viruses somehow managed to acquire bits of DNA from the host and insert them into their CRISPR genes.
The CRISPR genes in ICP1 most closely match those of the bacteria that cause bubonic plague. The mice were not harmed by the viruses, because they are adapted to infect bacteria, not animals. But microorganisms can, and when the trial-and-error system works, it works shockingly well. The viral genome is so distinct from any other known virus that it would likely not have been detectable by any other method. These ongoing challenges and the BASV discovery emphasize the importance of research into the identification, prevention and management of deadly scourges from emerging viruses, now more than ever. According to Dutilh, around 75 percent of the DNA from any new stool sample—and as much as 99 percent—won’t match any of these known sequences. If crAssphage infects these microbes, it could also be an important player in our daily dramas. And last year, Jeremy Barr, who was involved of this new study,  showed that phages could even act as part of our own immune system. Are newborn gut viruses designed to allow us to live on this planet with millions of attacking viruses? An apocalyptic scenario will ensue where only those who have taken the vaccine will be deemed safe enough to interact in society this vaccine will be accompanied by a mark. Oxygen floods into tiny cavities in your lungs and travels into your capillaries, ready to fuel every cell in your body.
We’ve just begun to understand how vital they are to our health and to the health of the Earth. Among them were bacteria from hayfields, sewage plants, hot springs, and human gums, as well as the oddly common bacteria found in deteriorating paint.
There is evidence that despite high levels of ultraviolet radiation that would kill most bacteria, some metabolize and perhaps even reproduce inside clouds.
These bacteria are directly responsible for as much as half of the oxygen made on Earth each year and indirectly for most of the rest.
Resident bacteria on our skin secrete a sort of natural moisturizer, preventing cracks that could allow pathogens to penetrate.
But as we continue to explore the microbial world, our fear of the invisible beings around us, and in us, should be tempered with respect for what we are learning about them—and a rush of excitement for what remains to be discovered. As in, if you were to stack one virus on top of another, you’d create a tower that would stretch beyond the moon, beyond the sun, beyond Alpha Centauri, out past the edge of the Milky Way, past neighboring galaxies, to reach a height of 200 million light years.
And most of the viruses that scientists discovered in the ocean turned out to be parasites of bacteria, known as bacteriophages. Based on the mass of RNA in an average virus, they could then estimate how many RNA viruses were in the sample.
3, 4) that the nature of viruses has been misinterpreted ever since they were discovered more than a century ago (metaphorically, that’s more than a hundred years of ‘flat-earth’). Your answers to my #1 and #2 are, of course, correct, but I’m not sure you have completely nailed the squirrel query! And as medical science slowly learns to protect us from the many viral illnesses so that we do live longer, simultaneously our society is maturing. And then the embryo grew up into an adult, which then had offspring of its own, and passed the virus DNA on as well.
That would explain why it’s possible to classify our many endogenous retroviruses into different families. The scientists found seven copies of K11 in Neanderthal DNA and four in the Denisovan genome. Centromere DNA is so similar to itself that it’s easy to line up fragments in many different arrangements.
Markovits suggests that their distinctive genes might serve as a kind of genetic barcode that could help genome mappers orient themselves in the hall of mirrors that is centromere DNA. The Bible is not a textbook bu at least most of its admirers accept it as an allegory for something they don’t understand.
As many as a third of all humans have cysts in their brains containing a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma.
Our bodies can then mount a powerful, focused attack on, say, a particular strain of the flu.
The viruses regained the ability to shut down their host’s defenses and were able to invade successfully again. Long ago, it seems, the ancestors of ICP1 grabbed an immune system from that lineage of bacteria. Last year, scientists reported that they had harnessed CRISPR genes to create a far more powerful way to edit DNA. The sample was negative for all of them, suggesting whatever caused these deaths was something completely new.
Rhabdoviruses are a large family of viruses that infect plants, insects, and mammals, including humans. The study of human gut bacteria followed a similar path: early studies highlighted the differences between us but important similarities started emerging as our techniques became more sophisticated. Far more rare are inhaled pathogens that are themselves the agents of diseases, such as SARS, tuberculosis, and influenza. We pride ourselves on having explored nearly every corner of this planet, but behind our world is a shadow world of microbes—and they are often calling the shots.
In fact they may play a part in the formation of snowflakes that require a nucleator, or small particle, to crystallize around.
Hundreds of millions of years ago ancient forms of cyanobacteria made their way into cells that would evolve to become plants. Blaser believes the diminished presence of the bacteria and the rise in asthma in American youth might be related. This should mean greater care in the use of antibiotics and, increasingly, targeted probiotic treatments that don’t just temporarily boost the numbers of one microbe or another but that shore up the whole population so that our health is improved. As a result, centromeres make up much of the last 5% of the human genome that has yet to be mapped. Perhaps the human genome sequence will finally be completely mapped thanks to a virus that has been hiding in it for six million years. I imagine humans being emotionless and empty, ore mechanical than worker drones in a bee hive.
And once the immune system learns how to recognize that new enemy, it can store that memory away, enabling it to attack the same pathogen years later.
I can only guess that he accepts they are pseudogenes because they bear a similarity to functional genes. Without the unending passion of these virologist, we’d all be dead from something or another. It wasn’t like they found something the size of a golf ball that had been overlooked. In 2008 Brent Christner of Louisiana State University and his colleagues showed that microorganisms were the most efficient ice nucleators present in snow. Once embedded in those ancestor plants, they evolved into chloroplasts, the photosynthetic, oxygen-producing engines of plant cells.
They form one community among the many that make up the human microbiome: the full genetic complement of bacteria and other organisms at home on your skin, gums, and teeth, in your genital tract, and especially in your gut. In the skin it can cause everything from an occasional pimple to a life-threatening infection. So if there truly is a “designer” (as over 90% of Americans believe), it seems that giving the world viruses to cull the herd of humans (in addition to perhaps generating genetic diversity as outlined in this article) in a rather ingenious idea that is effective! We would constantly be in close contact in order to spread and obtain new viruses, and would domesticate life that we could infect, and capture life we couldn’t. If Toxoplasma breaks out and starts to multiply, however, the immune system picks off the new cells. Camilli and his colleagues set out to survey these viruses, to see how many species were making life hard for the bacteria. You can infer that they became pseudogenes by examining the evidence in the DNA itself and what we know about biology. Together, free-living cyanobacteria and their long-lost chloroplast cousins in plants carry out the vast majority of photosynthesis on our planet.
Under certain conditions, the individual bacteria coalesce into a filmy mass that acts as a united front, invading new tissues and even infecting intravenous catheters and other hospital equipment. Our cells also stutter sometimes when they try to copy centromere DNA, making extra copies of segments there. Being run by mindlessly driven and straightforward viruses, without the notion of culture, emotion, or even technology, we would be akin to the Borg of Star Trek, but without technology or cybernetic modifications, and genetic ones instead. Add drift and selection to this generation of variation and you’ve got evolution, whether you want it or not. Markovitz and his colleagues argue that this is how new copies of K111 proliferated within each centromere. In fact, bacteria do not have to turn into pelicans for scientists to be able to observe evolution.
Scientists have learned a lot about how gene variants spread through populations, and so when they compare the DNA of Tibetans to the closely related Han Chinese, they can see how natural selection favored a gene variant because it raised their reproductive success in their particular environment.
Of course, perhaps the minds inhibiting these vassals THEMSELVES are viruses whose various deviations in genetics, sequence, and number have resulted in the large cosmetic and mental diversity of the world today. Perhaps we were instinctively driven to commit racial acts of terror such as the crusades and wars of the past, sensing radically different viral populations within humans of other lands, and thus feeling the need to eradicate or mingle with them, justifying and hiding these decisions through politics, religions, prejudices, and other social constructs.
Arjuna was taught that evolution is ONLY about bacteria turning into pelicans, then he was misled. Of course, I believe the possibility of viruses infecting and puppeting us to such a large extent to be highly unlikely, but perhaps viruses do play a part in our social interactions, at least on an instinctive level.

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