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(Mother Nature Network)   There's a massive war going on right now between two invisible armies in our planet's oceans, and someday soon you're going to have to decide if you're Team Virus or if you're Team Bacteria   (mnn.com) divider line 47
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2013-02-14 02:30:02 AM  
I'm going with Team Virus, it sounds way cooler.
 
2013-02-14 05:23:55 AM  
"Our Planet's Oceans" is what Subby is calling his Mom's hoo-hah now.

The More You Know...
 
2013-02-14 06:12:56 AM  
still a better love story than Twilight
 
2013-02-14 07:06:13 AM  

MurphyMurphy: I'm going with Team Virus, it sounds way cooler.


Yep. Viri can infect Bacteria, they are automatically cooler.
 
2013-02-14 07:10:58 AM  
My team has already picked a leader:
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-14 07:15:34 AM  
Given how easily we treat bacterial infections compared to viral infections...

My money is on the virus.
 
2013-02-14 07:15:48 AM  

platedlizard: MurphyMurphy: I'm going with Team Virus, it sounds way cooler.

Yep. Viri can infect Bacteria, they are automatically cooler.


Team bacteria lives just fine without team virus.  Team virus needs team bacteria to replicate.

Check and Mate.
 
2013-02-14 07:17:58 AM  
Doesn't matter who wins. Neither of them are ever going to gain a foothold in Madagascar.

/shut
//down
///everything
 
2013-02-14 07:25:20 AM  

randomjsa: Given how easily we treat bacterial infections compared to viral infections...

My money is on the virus.


Only through sheer luck. One day we may find a strain of bacteria that evolved a virucide, then we can put that in pill form. Maybe that will even happen before we run out of effective antibiotics. I wonder if any generation of humans will live in a world free of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. God, how much sex would we be having? Can you imagine? No worry about STD, no worry about pregnancy. I also wonder that if we ever achieved such a world, whether our descendants would survive the eventual pandemic when one agent evolved enough resistance to infect us once more.
 
2013-02-14 07:29:49 AM  
Go Bacteria!
 
2013-02-14 07:30:32 AM  
I always bathe with a hammer on hand just to be safe.
 
2013-02-14 07:31:19 AM  
Am I the only one who RTFA?
 
2013-02-14 07:35:52 AM  

foo monkey: Am I the only one who RTFA?


Fark has articles?
 
2013-02-14 07:44:37 AM  
Bacteria! Bacteria! Bacteria!
 
2013-02-14 07:46:39 AM  
GO PROTOZOA!
 
2013-02-14 07:47:25 AM  
Team Bacteria all the way!  Some of their brethren help make delicious sour beers, when was the last time a virus helped me catch a buzz?
 
2013-02-14 07:47:33 AM  

foo monkey: Am I the only one who RTFA?


No.
 
2013-02-14 07:50:58 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: still a better love story than Twilight


This.

/Team Medicine
 
2013-02-14 07:51:49 AM  

Archae hippy: platedlizard: MurphyMurphy: I'm going with Team Virus, it sounds way cooler.

Yep. Viri can infect Bacteria, they are automatically cooler.

Team bacteria lives just fine without team virus.  Team virus needs team bacteria to replicate.

Check and Mate.


fark you bastard... UNLESS

*writes some Bacteria/Virus slash and hastily posts it to fanfiction.net"
 
2013-02-14 08:07:47 AM  
Is Team Chlamydia a farm team of Team Bacteria? So I guess I'd be Team Bacteria.
 
2013-02-14 08:10:55 AM  

randomjsa: Given how easily we treat bacterial infections compared to viral infections...

My money is on the virus.


TB  would like to have a word with you.
 
2013-02-14 08:17:35 AM  
I'm team hand sanitizer
 
2013-02-14 08:25:29 AM  

TopoGigo: randomjsa: Given how easily we treat bacterial infections compared to viral infections...

My money is on the virus.

Only through sheer luck. One day we may find a strain of bacteria that evolved a virucide, then we can put that in pill form. Maybe that will even happen before we run out of effective antibiotics. I wonder if any generation of humans will live in a world free of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. God, how much sex would we be having? Can you imagine? No worry about STD, no worry about pregnancy. I also wonder that if we ever achieved such a world, whether our descendants would survive the eventual pandemic when one agent evolved enough resistance to infect us once more.


Other way around: phages can be used to kill bacteria, as an alternative to antibiotics. Certainly worth looking into for the long-term in the fight against transmissible bacterial infections - divide and conquer, and set nature against itself in an arms race. But there are a lot of issues around specificity (as in you pretty much need to tailor the phages to the patient's individual set of infections), efficacy (only about 50% effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria), and people really, really don't like the idea of being infected deliberately with a virus that could mutate into a pathogen. Pussies.
 
2013-02-14 08:26:26 AM  

TopoGigo: randomjsa: Given how easily we treat bacterial infections compared to viral infections...

My money is on the virus.

Only through sheer luck. One day we may find a strain of bacteria that evolved a virucide, then we can put that in pill form. Maybe that will even happen before we run out of effective antibiotics. I wonder if any generation of humans will live in a world free of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. God, how much sex would we be having? Can you imagine? No worry about STD, no worry about pregnancy. I also wonder that if we ever achieved such a world, whether our descendants would survive the eventual pandemic when one agent evolved enough resistance to infect us once more.


Considering you'd already be dead in a world without them, resistance would be the last thing you should worry about.
 
2013-02-14 08:30:55 AM  

TopoGigo: e can put that in pill form. Maybe that will even happen before we run out of effective antibiotics. I wonder if any generation of humans will live in a world free of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. God, how much sex would we be having? Can you imagine? No worry about STD, no worry about pregnancy. I also wonder that if we ever achieved such a world, whether our descendants would survive the eventual pandemic when one agent evolved enough resistance


The protein that bound the placenta you relied upon during your gestation to your mother's uterus was/is a viral protein...at some point way way back, a virus inserted itself into a cell of the common ancestor to all mammals and instead of replicating, it just silently joined the genetic code. Viruses do that sometimes....perhaps waiting for a more opportune time to burst forth. In fact, that DNA snippet can/has been isolated and reactivated as a virus...

/Carl Zimmer
 
2013-02-14 08:31:34 AM  
Go Banana!
 
2013-02-14 08:34:42 AM  
It's worth reading the article just for the last third, that just jinked a sharp right... So hey we had this great discovery, and it was made using technology. TECHNOLOGY. You know that expensive equipment that you're talking about cutting? The programs you want to defund? Technology is required to do what we do. So if you cut our funding, no cool inventions. Funding funding funding...
 
2013-02-14 08:38:45 AM  

Subliterati: Other way around: phages can be used to kill bacteria,


I read about that in like 1982. Always wondered what happened to the idea.
 
2013-02-14 08:43:45 AM  
Team Lysol.
 
2013-02-14 08:43:54 AM  

Sasquach: TopoGigo: e can put that in pill form. Maybe that will even happen before we run out of effective antibiotics. I wonder if any generation of humans will live in a world free of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. God, how much sex would we be having? Can you imagine? No worry about STD, no worry about pregnancy. I also wonder that if we ever achieved such a world, whether our descendants would survive the eventual pandemic when one agent evolved enough resistance

The protein that bound the placenta you relied upon during your gestation to your mother's uterus was/is a viral protein...at some point way way back, a virus inserted itself into a cell of the common ancestor to all mammals and instead of replicating, it just silently joined the genetic code. Viruses do that sometimes....perhaps waiting for a more opportune time to burst forth. In fact, that DNA snippet can/has been isolated and reactivated as a virus...

/Carl Zimmer


Really? That's an interesting bit of info.

Can use that to piss off creationists even more. "You're not only descendant from monkeys, but placentas are descendant from virus illegal immigrants!" Followed closely by head asploding goodness.
 
2013-02-14 08:45:07 AM  

tentaculistic: Funding funding funding...


Sorry, your funding was voted into entitlements.
 
2013-02-14 09:03:11 AM  

miss diminutive: Doesn't matter who wins. Neither of them are ever going to gain a foothold in Madagascar.

/shut
//down
///everything


Rising sea levels would like a word with you, Mr. President...
 
2013-02-14 09:18:06 AM  
Anyone else RTFA and think,that swimming in the ocean sounds a lot less cool now?
 
2013-02-14 09:20:34 AM  
I have to go with Team Bacteria.

(distant cousins, and all that ... *sigh*)
 
2013-02-14 09:59:12 AM  
WOO TEAM BACTERIA!

i.imgur.com

/Poop thread?
 
2013-02-14 10:03:37 AM  
You want to be with Team Bacteria, long run.  Eventually, we're likely to discover every cancer is caused by either a virus or some kind of pearl effect in scarring from radioactive damage from the body.   Virus are the invaders to our planet and have no purpose but to kill.  Bacteria are only a problem when they are where they shouldn't be.  Bacteria made life possible on this planet for us, and virus are wrath of god type stuff.
 
2013-02-14 10:26:38 AM  
What if viruses are just remnants of alien DNA manipulation that have escaped their control?
 
2013-02-14 10:45:02 AM  
I'm bettin' on Black.
 
2013-02-14 11:01:21 AM  
If I ever find the subby that keeps using the scary tag for articles about bacteria, I'm going to kick him in the balls.
 
2013-02-14 11:13:20 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: What if viruses are just remnants of alien DNA manipulation that have escaped their control?


Viruses are neither alive or inorganic matter. They are a mid-point in evolution between non-life and life. They're the original building blocks of bacteria, which eventually evolved into everything else.
 
2013-02-14 11:21:27 AM  

Smoking GNU: Sasquach: TopoGigo: e can put that in pill form. Maybe that will even happen before we run out of effective antibiotics. I wonder if any generation of humans will live in a world free of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. God, how much sex would we be having? Can you imagine? No worry about STD, no worry about pregnancy. I also wonder that if we ever achieved such a world, whether our descendants would survive the eventual pandemic when one agent evolved enough resistance

The protein that bound the placenta you relied upon during your gestation to your mother's uterus was/is a viral protein...at some point way way back, a virus inserted itself into a cell of the common ancestor to all mammals and instead of replicating, it just silently joined the genetic code. Viruses do that sometimes....perhaps waiting for a more opportune time to burst forth. In fact, that DNA snippet can/has been isolated and reactivated as a virus...

/Carl Zimmer

Really? That's an interesting bit of info.

Can use that to piss off creationists even more. "You're not only descendant from monkeys, but placentas are descendant from virus illegal immigrants!" Followed closely by head asploding goodness.


Would you like to know more?
The Wiki description of this phenomena
 
2013-02-14 11:45:31 AM  

Sasquach: Smoking GNU: Sasquach: TopoGigo: e can put that in pill form. Maybe that will even happen before we run out of effective antibiotics. I wonder if any generation of humans will live in a world free of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection. God, how much sex would we be having? Can you imagine? No worry about STD, no worry about pregnancy. I also wonder that if we ever achieved such a world, whether our descendants would survive the eventual pandemic when one agent evolved enough resistance

The protein that bound the placenta you relied upon during your gestation to your mother's uterus was/is a viral protein...at some point way way back, a virus inserted itself into a cell of the common ancestor to all mammals and instead of replicating, it just silently joined the genetic code. Viruses do that sometimes....perhaps waiting for a more opportune time to burst forth. In fact, that DNA snippet can/has been isolated and reactivated as a virus...

/Carl Zimmer

Really? That's an interesting bit of info.

Can use that to piss off creationists even more. "You're not only descendant from monkeys, but placentas are descendant from virus illegal immigrants!" Followed closely by head asploding goodness.

Would you like to know more?
The Wiki description of this phenomena


Ahhh, thanks. Now i can counter the "YOU LIE!" i've already gotten from this with a nifty link.
 
2013-02-14 12:08:27 PM  
Humans are closer to a virus according to Agent Smith, so you have to go Team Virus.
 
2013-02-14 12:30:19 PM  

flynn80: Humans are closer to a virus according to Agent Smith, so you have to go Team Virus.


This is correct.
 
2013-02-14 12:47:56 PM  
Everybody panic about a war that has been going on for about 3.6 billion years with no winner in sight.
 
2013-02-14 02:11:38 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: The Irresponsible Captain: What if viruses are just remnants of alien DNA manipulation that have escaped their control?

Viruses are neither alive or inorganic matter. They are a mid-point in evolution between non-life and life. They're the original building blocks of bacteria, which eventually evolved into everything else.


Virus require the correct conditions and the correct host.  They are mutations that came after, not before.
 
2013-02-14 03:34:28 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: flynn80: Humans are closer to a virus according to Agent Smith, so you have to go Team Virus.

This is correct.


I love when log in names and response coincide.

Really miss laughing at  sheep_shagger in the farm animal sex related threads.
 
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