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(Guardian)   Good: some life forms thrive on all the microplastics in our water. Bad: Intestinal viruses   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Sick, Sewage treatment, Dangerous viruses, Enteric viruses, wastewater treatment, Prof Richard Quilliam, fresh water, previous research, University of Stirling researchers  
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2022-06-27 11:51:29 PM  
Viruses aren't lifeforms.
 
2022-06-28 2:55:17 AM  
Plastics are a carbon sink.
 
2022-06-28 3:43:11 AM  

patcarew: Plastics are a carbon sink.


I'm imagining the alien archaeologists in some millions of years land, and are utterly baffled by the fact that Earth possesses mountains containing tens of billions of tons of... high density polyethylene.
 
2022-06-28 4:32:07 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Viruses aren't lifeforms.


Pedantry is fun, but would you knowing knowingly swallow a "live" culture of norovirus?
 
2022-06-28 6:09:02 AM  

leeksfromchichis: Gordon Bennett: Viruses aren't lifeforms.

Pedantry is fun, but would you knowing knowingly swallow a "live" culture of norovirus?


It's not pedantry. It's an important detail when dealing with viral diseases. As a simple example t's vital to be clear that when we say things like this
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that we're engaging in poetic licence, because viruses have no will, motivation or desires. On a more complex level it matters when understanding the function of viruses and epidemics. Virus particles are things. They don't grow or move in any way. They interact with life in very complex ways when they infect a living cell. But they aren't life and have to be understood and dealt with accordingly.

I don't understand what you're getting at with your question about a 'live' culture of norovirus, particularly as I just said it isn't alive. Of course I would never willingly swallow a norovirus. I'm not that crazy. Maybe I'd consider it if I was cooking for Nazis.
 
2022-06-28 6:20:32 AM  
Sorry for the split post. I also think it's important because so many people are demanding antibiotics and antiparasitics for viral infections and that simply won't work. It's like trying to poison a rock.
 
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