“If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find no such case.”
-- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species
The SARS-CoV2 virus is the pathogen responsible for the COVID19 pandemic. Even though the SARS-CoV2 virus is a new pathogen, its origin follows the principles of evolution. Therefore, it is very likely that the SARS-CoV2 virus will have genomic similarities with other viruses. I became fascinated by the possible genomic similarities of the SARS-CoV2 virus with other viruses, especially with the Measles, Mumps Rubella (MMR) group of viruses. My focus on this particular group of viruses was due to the recent news that the MMR vaccine could be also effective against the SARS-CoV2.¹ My reasoning for the MMR vaccine to work against SARS-CoV2 being the shared genomic similarities between these viruses. These genomic similarities could have contributed to the shared immuno-physiological profiles, thus causing the MMR vaccine to be effective against SARS-CoV2.
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