Gene Transfer Via Virus

There’s a cool article about viruses in which researchers found that they can have their genes co-opted by the bacteria that they infect.

“During infections by the viruses, there are many times when those infections don’t lead to the viruses killing the cells,” Rohwer said. “And under those circumstances, there’s a chance that the bacteria can incorporate the genes the virus is carrying.”

This could serve as one way for information to transfer from one organism to another, sort of like how a computer can transfer information to another through the internet. If viruses were formed in order to facilitate this transfer, then it would indeed point to a designer that would use these biological “bytes” to move information about. Wouldn’t that be a spectacular find.


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