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Carl Zimmer, “Viral Time”

by Stewart Brand on June 9th, 02011


What’s time to a virus?

A Summary by Stewart Brand

“Everything about viruses is extreme,” Zimmer began. The number of viruses on Earth is estimated to be 1 followed by 31 zeroes. Small as they are, if you stacked them all up, the stack would reach 100 million light years. They are the planet’s most abundant organism by far.

They’re fast. We take decades to reproduce. A flu virus can generate billions of itself in us within hours. And they evolve 10,000 times faster than us…

Read the rest of Stewart Brand’s Summary here.