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Some Speculations on the Possible Role of Arthropods in the Evolution of Arboviruses

  • R. Walter Schlesinger
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 55)

Abstract

Although we really know nothing about the evolutionary origin of any group of viruses, those that are transmitted in nature by arthropods to plants or higher animals could provide uniquely stimulating approaches to the problem. They are the only viruses known to bridge the evolutionary gaps between the different kingdoms (animal and plant) and between different phyla within the animal kingdom (arthropods and vertebrates). Here Nature itself demonstrates, in a very practical sense, the universality of the genetic code and of mechanisms involved in gene transcription or translation.

Keywords

Vertebrate Host Rubella Virus Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Vertebrate Cell Sindbis Virus 
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© Springer-Verlag, Berlin · Heidelberg 1971

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  • R. Walter Schlesinger

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