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'Macrocosmic' viruses...

caretaker2

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Report this Feb. 11 2007, 5:03 pm

In the VOY episode, "Macrocosm" (writer: Brannon Braga), viruses are grown to macroscopic proportions using the natural growth hormone of their hosts. Given that writers don't pull such ideas from 'thin air', I strongly suspect this story to have a true basis.

Can anyone confirm my suspicion?

lanceromega

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Report this Feb. 12 2007, 9:38 am

Quote (caretaker2 @ Feb. 10 2007, 6:03 pm)
In the VOY episode, "Macrocosm" (writer: Brannon Braga), viruses are grown to macroscopic proportions using the natural growth hormone of their hosts. Given that writers don't pull such ideas from 'thin air', I strongly suspect this story to have a true basis.

Can anyone confirm my suspicion?

Well the growth hormone angle is pure bull but there are virus that are as large as bacteria.

The Mimivirus is the largest virus to date at with a diameter of 400 nm.

see : http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s818289.htm

Virus are simply collections of RNA or DNA and proteins and have none of the mechanisms that would be effect by growth hormones.

The Growth Hormones themselves are chemical signals that promote the productions of new cells, which Virus are not. Virus themselves cannot reproduce unless they infect cell or microgranism..

Ryelle

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Report this Feb. 13 2007, 2:39 pm

Also, viruses locate their target by coming into contact with it's chemical marker (only a few nanometers long). A macrovirus would be at quite the disadvantage, since it would literally have to touch a human before it recognized that there was actually something there (I'm quite sure no one would bump into a macrovirus by accident... considering).

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