I originally published these passing thoughts at "Hank's" about one month ago, and have since been informed that this site now invites considerably more readers than it did then. So at the urging of George, I have asked Otis to reprint them:
The difference between today's molecular virologists and politicians.
The former are overly enamored of "single-hit" explanations for even the most complex of phenomena. This is a fault of their teachers and teacher's teachers who were overly influenced by the apparent success of Beadle and Tatum's "one gene, one enzyme" hypothesis.
The latter, on the other hand, are passionate about "multi-hit" strategies and are noted for reducing the simplest of problems to unmanageable proportions at the drop of a coin in the campaign box.
It is another wonder of HIV/AIDS that it majestically and uniquely encompasses both of these divergences.
It may very well be that the meek will inherit the earth. But what will be left to inherit when the last bastard drops dead?