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Frame Challenge. Since it seems unlikely that thermophiles can infect humans, due to their extremely different environments, you might consider altering your plan slightly. Thermophile viruses seem to like a temperature range of 55 to 80 degrees centigrade with extremophiles enjoying habitats even above that temperature. Viruses, such as the much loved ...


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I used to share lab space with people who worked on ancient bacteria (not viruses) including thermophilic ones. They told the tale of their previous lab, where the thermophilic bacteria had 'escaped'*. Some of the bacteria got into the distilled water making machine, which boils tap water and condenses the steam to make distilled water. The bugs took up ...


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Semi-deliberately? The primary host for these viruses is thermophilic but a research team might extract said viruses from their usual host. They'd need to find a body temperature host to facilitate research into the properties and effects of the virus they wished to study. This new host would necessarily need to be very similar, biochemically speaking, to ...


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Viruses don't "subsist on an energy source" at all. They are just molecules that have a malignant effect when they come into contact with organisms. When they are outside of the body, they just exist without any sort of metabolic activity whatsoever, and a viral infection is entirely fueled by the host which is tricked into using its own power to replicate ...


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It wouldn’t. To evolve is—-by definition—-to be come better suited to live in the current environment. If your virus became compatible with an environment that it is not currently in, there could only be two explanations: 1 - it was a coincidence, the trait they gained both benefited them in the present and will benefit them in the future. 2 - someone ...


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Because the Virus has consumed all the Aether on their planet. As it ran out, the virus evolved to use alternative sources, and once it ran out, only the viruses that developed alternative methods of gaining energy remained.


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Virus evolve very quickly. You can very easily get away with saying they evolved very soon after arrival. On the other hand, a "bygone age" sounds like it is very unlikely that they have kept that ability. Why? Because virus evolve very quickly. Of course there is also the factor of how fast they reproduce. The virus will reproduce very, very fast, on an ...


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