PollWould you like to live in a world cleansed of microbes and viruses?
      – BorgClown, 2009-06-01 at 00:49:05   (10 comments)

On 2009-06-01 at 00:52:36, BorgClown wrote...
I'd like for the good microorganisms to be spared, but handled as a biological danger. They evolve too fast to be allowed in the wild. It's a topic that sci-fi hasn't dealt properly with, as many microorganisms are needed for vital functions, and IIRC, even for proper embryonic development.
On 2009-06-01 at 04:34:43, Baslisks wrote...
In reality, you keep everything and only treat the people who are afflicted with bad viruses and microbes. Would actually take a lot less work then scourging the world.
On 2009-06-01 at 10:44:37, Thelevellers wrote...
Something in my gut says 'NO WAY'. ;-) I'm not sure at all...
On 2009-06-03 at 08:20:25, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Realistically having no bad microbes around would make you very, very sick. Your immune system has evolved expecting to always have something to attack, and when there's nothing around it will still be on the defensive. Some treatments involve giving people worm eggs so that the immune system has something to play with. Not to mention that a good microbe that turns bad won't have much competition, so might conceivably thrive more than it would otherwise...
On 2009-06-03 at 16:07:06, Thelevellers wrote...
Aha! Good point(s) Lee! There was something holding me back from saying 'yes', but my brain wasn't looking at the issue right...
On 2009-06-03 at 19:56:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Hmm, on second thought... maybe it'd be better to have a few nice worms and no microbial diseases?
On 2009-08-01 at 16:01:40, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
I can't think of any good viruses, but microbes are useful to everyone.
On 2009-08-02 at 10:00:37, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'm pretty certain that viruses and bacteria both drove human evolution and are responsible for the world being as habitable as it is. Viruses are an inevitability when you have self-replication.
On 2009-08-05 at 21:24:53, Thelevellers wrote...
In theory you can well argue that Religion is a virus, and some forms of it may even amount to overall good rather than bad, but that's memetics rather than genentics... More interesting in some ways...
On 2009-08-05 at 21:26:45, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Even if religion helps individual people in a good way, on a larger scale it's an unmitigated disaster - it's the basis of ongoing irrational thinking and distrust between groups.