Genomics isn’t just about you.
A truly fascinating theory. I wonder if any other of our modern inexplicable soft-epidemics (allergies, obesity, autism, etc.) could be explained through these sorts of unconventional infections. On the other hand, I remember when prions were all the rage and were once speculated to have radical explanatory power, and that hope proved overoptimistic.
Lemurs, viruses, madness… it’s WSB’s world; the rest of us just live in it
Also, obesity can be caused by what’s in your gut (I don’t mean food).
admin Reply:June 21st, 2013 at 9:54 am
The human microbiome is certainly out on the frontier. When the aliens get spliced into ‘your’ DNA, though, you’re talking a whole new level of intimacy.
See also canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT), a disease affecting dogs, descended from dogs. Yudkowsky’s nightmare is humans evolving lower intelligence – CTVT takes devolution to a different level.
admin Reply:June 21st, 2013 at 2:28 pm
Hideous, or less prejudicially, and as Dave might put it: truly Burroughsian.
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