CLIFF BOND: A lot of people talk about whether viruses are alive or
dead. My feeling has always been: not only are they alive, they also
have innate intelligence. I mean, they're certainly smarter than we
are - they know exactly how to take us over.
Success for a virus
is the same as success
for humans as
What is success for a virus?
CB: The same as for us. Survival. Replication.
SANDY: As many as you can, as fast as you can?
CB: Right. A virus infects a cell. Depending upon the virus, you'll get from 30 up to about 1000 new viruses out of that cell. If you think about how many cells you have... the virus really doesn't need to infect that many of them to end up with a lot more of itself.