alexa Abstract | Dangers of Adhering to an Obsolete Paradigm: Could Zika Virus Lead to a Reversal of Human Evolution?
ISSN: 2332-2519

Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach
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Abstract

The recent emergence of a form of the Zika virus leading to microencephaly in new-born infants would continue to pose a major Global threat until its ultimate origins are properly understood. We argue that adhering to the obsolete paradigm of closed-box Darwinian evolution is a major obstacle to progress. If the Zika virus escalates unchecked its soma-to-germ line transfer might effectively lead to the emergence of a new human species with a diminished level of cognition.

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Author(s): Wickramasinghe NC and Steele EJ

Keywords

Zika virus, Darwinian evolution, Cosmic origins of life, Panspermia, Lamarckism, Soma-to-germline gene transfer, Ancestral haplotypes, Astrobiology

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