benzenedream: "It certainly defies credulity, since they haven't proven it. Fulfill Koch's postulate and prove actual replication in the new host. Take hemolymph from an "infected" bee and inject it into uninfected bee, then check if the amount of viral genome increases over time."
1. The microorganism must be found in abundance in all organisms suffering from the disease, but should not be found in healthy organisms.
2. The microorganism must be isolated from a diseased organism and grown in pure culture.
3. The cultured microorganism should cause disease when introduced into a healthy organism.
4. The microorganism must be reisolated from the inoculated, diseased experimental host and identified as being identical to the original specific causative agent.
porpoise: "The amazing thing to me was that a nominally plant-specific virus' coat protein happened to be a compatible shape with a bee cell surface molecule in order to inject the RNA into the host cell.
Well, on top of that of an insect cell's transcriptional machinery being compatible with plant virus promoter sequences, and that protein folding and modification was similar enough to a plants' to make viable viral proteins.
While this might sound like an "infinity monkeys...""
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