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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Intergalactic Virus

Long, long time ago, in one of the funnier moments in an otherwise drudge-laden twelve years working for a Defence company, a colleague of mine stood up from his Mac - they were new and still novel, those days - and ran around the office waving his arms, wailing "I've got a virus! I've got a virus! Everybody stop - I've got a virus!" Screaming through one manager's office after another (those were also the days before cubicles, where only managers had any privacy) spewing panic everywhere, like Lance-Corporal "Jonesy" Jones on steroids.

Turns out, of course, that it wasn't a virus - he'd run some game called "Sperm From Space", then freaked-out at the "tadpoles" that began swimmin' down his screen.

Well... what to make of this, then?

"A physicist named Godfrey Lewis, analyzing samples of a mysterious "red rain" that fell over parts of Kerala, reports finding non-DNA-containing, apparently non-nucleated, cell-shaped objects, consisting mostly of carbon and oxygen, that replicate at high temperatures in non-standard culture media."

Don't panic. DON'T PANIC!!!


Anonymous Mortimer Shy said...

It doesn't seem (to most of us) like it is possible to create life, either. Much less a virus that was a substitute for it. Of course this depends upon the predisposition to think of life as completely impossible to understand--a mystery. (A reality that created us!) Science pretends to be working on that, so it is no wonder that science fiction, in all it's forms, strives to keep apace.

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