Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 11:13:54 -0800
From: "Eddie Bollenbach"
Subject: Re: [PPM] analogy
Two reasons for you to think about your premise:
The HIV virus is a bit different because it too is an RNA virus (double stranded I believe) but the RNA makes DNA which then goes into the nucleus. Polio does not have DNA and it's genes made of RNA do not go into the nucleus.
Well over evolutionary time it is clear there is much too much DNA in our cells than we feel is needed to do everything that has to be done. Recently we found out we need even less than we thought. DNA codons can overlap so you can make a gene starting with the first base or second which gives a different sequence along one strand. The same occurs in other living things like chimps and dogs. You are correct about decoding but some of the decoded sequences are replications on and on. One theory is the DNA was added over eons by DNA viruses. But RNA viruses like polio have no way to hang on in gametes (sperm and egg).
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