voerioc wrote: They are simply cellular debris, or just artifacts.
I used to think that "viruses" were self-replicating DNA, and as per FirstClassSkeptic's reference to accelerated genetic recombination, I think I was half-right.
Voerioc is right on bordering on genius with the following quote, and it deserves repeating:
About viruses, I think they simply don't exist. They are simply cellular debris, or just artifacts.
They have been invented during the great hysteria about pathogenic germs. Some "scientists" wanted to prove that some illnesses were caused by pathogenic germs. But they couldn't find any. So, they invented the concept of viruses. If they couldn't find them, it was because they were too small.
In order to "prove" that those illnesses were indeed caused by pathogenic germs, they took some soup of cells from a sick animal, and injected it directly into the brain of other animals. What an extraordinary thing, those animals began to become sick and even to die. They did the same thing with plants. The problem is that plants are very sensitive to injections. So, it was easy to reproduce again and again the so called infection, and thus "prove" that there was a contagion.
After that, they were obliged to maintain the lie. So, when electronic microscopes where invented, they had to find viruses with it. Otherwise, all virologists would have been fired. The problem is, you can't make the difference between cellular debris and viruses with electronic microscopy. And, as has stated rerevisionist, because of the limitations of this technique, it is perfectly possible that all those particles seen with EM are pure artifacts.
Check out the inane truth behind the word 'virus':
ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting the venom of a snake): from Latin, literally ‘slimy liquid, poison.’ The earlier medical sense, superseded by the current use as a result of improved scientific understanding, was ‘a substance produced in the body as the result of disease, esp. one that is capable of infecting others with the same disease.’
The last part "a substance produced in the body a the result of disease." backs up the accelerated genetic recombination theory. I think this also describes cancer as well, and explains why a juice fast can allow the body to redirect energy usually used on digestion to general bodily repair, hence "curing" cancer.
Perhaps it can only multiply within the living cells of a host because it is part of the cell.virus |'vir?s|
1 an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host: [ as modifier ] : a virus infection.