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MSU scientists to appear Jan. 13 on National Geographic Channel

January 13, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Two Montana State University researchers who study viruses in extreme environments, such as hot springs that reach more than 200 degrees, are part of a program airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the National Geographic Channel. Virologist Mark Young and chemist Trevor Douglas will appear on"The Virus Hunters" with other scientists who examine life in the extreme. A program overview said the show investigates a provocative new theory that suggests that all life -- including humans -- is descended from viruses. "To many people, viruses are simply vessels for disease, but new evidence suggests that they possess far greater power."