MadSci Network: Microbiology

Subject: Age of individual viruses

Posted by Aaron Bickel
Grade level: K-3
School: Nathaniel Asher School
City: Hillside State/Province: NJ
Country: USA
Area of science: Microbiology
If you have some microscopic animal that reproduces by splitting... 
Can a scientist look at the thing and figure out its age? 
Wouldn't all of them seem to be the same age because you can't tell 
which was the original anymore? Would the age be considered how long 
it's been since it mutated from some other thing?

Re: Age of individual viruses

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