Will virus evolve into something else few decades from now?
Docscientist said:Will virus evolve into something else few decades from now?
rootone said:I wonder if viruses are examples of complex carbon chemistry prior to cellular life,
or are they degenerate cellular life which exists only because they have enough DNA to be successful as parasites.
What kind of variations do you think they might acquire after millions of years ? Will they get more powerful ?Ygggdrasil said:Well the best way to think about what changes viruses might undergo in the next few decades is to think about the changes viruses have undergone in the past few decades. Most viruses have not undergone any significant changes. There have been a few new viruses that have emerged (e.g. SARS, MERS, as well as some influenza variants like H1N1), which have crossed over into humans from other species, so it's likely we'll see some other new viruses and flu variants emerge in the next few decades as well.
I agree with thatDrakkith said:Nope. It takes many millions of years for a lineage to evolve into a very different type of organism. Ten years from now viruses will still be viruses..