From October 2013: Describing the Silent Human Virome with an Emphasis on Giant Viruses
“…viruses infect all domains of life, including bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes, and are found in all ecological niches . This pleiotropic distribution on our planet allows viruses to play the role of ‘natural motors’ that drive global energy and nutrient cycling [3,4].”
My comment: The portrayal of viruses as ‘natural motors’ is made outside the context of the fact that the energy-dependent changes attributed to the ‘natural motors’ is not possible in the context of virus-driven energy theft, which is linked to all pathology — not to the evolution of anything.
See also: (Air date: April 22, 2015) Thanks to Teresa Binstock for calling attention to this: The mammalian virome in genetic analysis of health and disease pathogenesis
Teresa Binstock wrote: This NIH lecture titled, “The mammalian virome in genetic analysis of health and disease pathogenesis,” radically refutes conventional assumptions about the inherent pathogenicity of viruses, illuminating how many latent viruses within the human body (e.g. Herpesviruses) are indispensable to prevent infection by mediating the genotype-phenotype relationship within the host.
As the indispensable role of the human virome in proper immune function comes to light it will be increasingly difficult to maintain the ideologically myopic, if not imbecilic view that “viruses are bad,” must be vaccinated against, and eventually “eradicated” from the face of the earth.
See also: Creating and maintaining the human virome June 5, 2015
Epistasis is perturbed by viruses, which is why the viruses are linked to pathology. They are not linked to beneficial mutations because there is no such thing as a pathological benefit.
See also: What is life when it is not protected from virus driven entropy Mar 30, 2016