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[Virology] Virus replication - password

mowgli sackofrome at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 14:05:46 EST 2006

I think every instance of a host protein interaction with a viral
protein is kind of a failing attempt at password protection.   Host
proteins that viruses utilize are under intensive directional
selection (away from the viral interaction), but viruses just evolve
much faster.
They evolve fast enough to generate new interactions when necessary as well.

In a sequence-based world, everything is a code, and viruses are built
to break all the slower-moving codes.   I think if human passwords are
short enough, actually using evolutionary algorithms to break them
would work really well.  In fact, I bet that's what people do.   Fast
evolution is just better than most passwords can be.

On 1/25/06, taisha (sent by Nabble.com) <lists at nabble.com> wrote:
> Hi
> Just a thought. Why hasn't some form of password (interms of a DNA or RNA sequence ) evolved to protect the replication process ?
> Passwords are about the only way we prevent unauthorised access - surely this is a biological trick that has been missed ?
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