Luis Villarreal (Founding Director, Center for Virus Research, UC Irvine) on "Living in the Virosphere: A Virus-first Theory of the Evolution of Life"
(If asked, enter password 835094) Luis Villarreal, the author of two books: Viruses and the Evolution of Life and Origin of Group Identity, has studied viruses for about 50 years.
What role do viruses play in the evolution of life? Are viruses a fundamental force in shaping the trajectory of life on Earth? Did viruses shape our genome? Are viruses part of our genome? How much of today's human genome is virus? Is viral infection a force that drives biological evolution toward higher complexity? Have we humans been selected by viruses?