Monday, December 17, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Viruses as tools, viruses as friends…

_64764425_m5000041-heart_pacemaker_x-ray-splPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-12-17]: Scientists managed to install a “physical pacemaker” into the hear of guinea pigs, by using a virus to inject a specific gene into the heart muscle’s cells. [source: BBC News] A virus used as a tool. Could it be that viruses, which scare us so much, are also used as tools by Nature? Could we be so wrong? Scary…

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