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  •  I think the gene shuttling was long ago (2+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, Jimdotz

    I don't think that we got 8% viral DNA while we were human.  I think the process occurred long before we were recognizably human.  Or primate.  Or even vertebrates.

    Natural selection has had lots and lots of time to do its work.  So if viruses hadn't existed, something else would have Invented Us.

    You can't govern if you can't tell the country where you are taking it. The plot of Obama's presidency has been harder to follow than "Inception." -- F. Rich

    by mbayrob on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 09:58:21 AM PDT

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    •  It doesn't really matter when it happened (1+ / 0-)
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      Jimdotz

      does it?

      For example, our mitochodria are clearly bacterial in origin, although that too occurred long before we were human or probably even primate.

      And about "something else" making us human, sure that's possible - I vote for star dust and the omnipotent guiding hand of God.

      It's all good!!

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