The Origin and Evolution of Viruses as Molecular Organisms

  title={The Origin and Evolution of Viruses as Molecular Organisms},
  author={Claudiu I. Bandea},
Viruses are the most abundant life forms and the repertoire of viral genes is greater than that of cellular genes. It is also evident that viruses have played a major role in driving cellular evolution, and yet, viruses are not part of mainstream biology, nor are they included in the Tree of Life. A reason for this major paradox in biology is the misleading dogma of viruses as viral particles and their enigmatic evolutionary origin. This article presents an alternative view about the nature of… CONTINUE READING

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