- Jun 7, 2006
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Why is it they cant make a vaccine against orchid viruses??? Or simply kill the virus once a plant is infected. I mean, they cured Magic Johnson, why not a Magic Lantern????
HIV is the virus, AIDS is the autoimmune syndrome caused by the virus. He still caries the virus. I don't know if he even progressed to the AIDS stage yet.bwester said:yeah they did, he had full blown aids and now its just HIV....
kentuckiense said:HIV is the virus, AIDS is the autoimmune syndrome caused by the virus. He still caries the virus. I don't know if he even progressed to the AIDS stage yet.
bwester said:It just seems like there has got to be some advance in treating plant viruses. seems like everyone has just accepted that they win and not tried anything else...
My father told me that a population will always have someone who totally immune to certain virus or bacteria that wipe out others.Eric Muehlbauer said:Magic Johnson is living with HIV...he has not been cured. If you doubt that, offer to receive a blood transfusion from him. There are many others who are not famous who are living just as long, and just as healthy, due to various anti-retroviral drug combinations...they are not cured. it is still not known if these drugs will benefit for a lifetime, or if they are just buying time...it is well within the realm of possibility that time will run out and these people will come down with full-blown AIDS. There are also people who are HIV-positive who have never come down with AIDS, and no treatment either...these people are naturally immune. This is to be expected whenever a virus is introduced into a population. If its deadly, some, maybe most, will die...the resitant few go on to expand into a resistant population. Humans got HIV 1 from chimps, HIV 2 from sootey mangabey monkeys...we got sick, they are unaffected (at this point in their evolution...presumably their "AIDS" occured generations ago). As far as I know, there is no virus, affecting plant or animal, that can be cured......As for plant viruses, as already mentioned by others, plants do not have the active immune systems that animals have. For viruses, they may not need it. Plant viruses are a major inconvenience for humans, who want their orchids free of mosaic markings and color breaks. Plants can live with them. Maybe they won't have as many offspring as they would without the virus, but they can still reproduce...and that is all that counts in the natural world. Take care, Eric