Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?

My beekeeping has been greatly impacted by the virus soup that took out all my hives this last season. As a consequence, I’ve lately given viruses a bad rap, not discounting the virus versus virus stuff Randy Oliver writes about.

But there’s another side to the virus story. As it unfolds, I feel like my brain is a block of wood. It’s just that far beyond me. Thinking about it kindles an almost childlike wonder in me. It could be the most ultimate way to work with nature. And yet at the same time, I think these kinds of processes could have the potential to be the most un-natural, ultimate disasters in the making.

Salvation or destruction? Check out this 10 minute TED clip. Angela Belcher gets kind of stuck on the Abalone for the first five minutes. But the last five more than make up for it.

What do you think?


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3 responses to “Viruses, Not Always a Bad Thing?”

  1. MikeH says:

    If we only did work with nature but we don’t. We are think we are above Nature, that we are its master. As Genesis 1:28 says, we must subdue and rule over the earth. As the so-called agricultural green revolution demonstrates, there are unexpected and unintended side affects that offset the gains.

    I think that you are right that these processes have the potential to be the ultimate disaster.

  2. Richard Crites says:

    Thanks Dennis. Great video. I think we are seeing a glimpse of the future in this video.

  3. Garret says:

    The rule of unintended consequences.

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