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So many thoughts, yet so little ability (at this moment) to articulate them. I have to listen to this one again when I’m sitting at my desk….

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Most agree viruses are not alive-they are inanimate. So, how do they do what they are claimed to do; i.e. infect, steal the host’s cell machinery, replicate, spread and then “decide” whether to kill the host or not?

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they simply conveying information, and the host does the rest.

the host can amplify the message, ignore the message (some people are not vulnerable and/or develop no measurable immune response), recognize and know what to do with message - ie. do I express it now? keep it for later?

sometimes the host integrates the message into its genome - thats why a large proportion of our genome are considered to be viral

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You didn't answer my question. I'm talking about the mechanism that so far only animate particles, like bacteria, have been observed to perform. Simply put, in order for the dead particles to "convey information" they would have to become animate or alive. So far, nobody has been able to demonstrate how this process would work. If you do, the Nobel Prize is surely awaiting you...

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I did answer the question.

In combination with what I said in the monologue, and the reply we can account for how this information is conveyed to our cellular machinery.

When in doubt, just think of how viral information spreads - and there is usually an almost identical analogous path by which biological information spreads.

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