was already perfectly adapted

ali-yue

Senior Member
chinese
Temin doubted that such mutations would result in a more dangerous form of HIV—he felt the virus was already perfectly adapted by virtue of having combined certain lethality with a decade-long period of invisible infection during which the microbe would be passed on to other human beings. Still, he felt the essentially labile nature of the virus made its future incalculable.

--From The Coming Plague

Question:
How to understand "was already perfectly adapted" here?
Thanks.
 
  • Leeeroy

    Senior Member
    Polish - Poland
    ...the virus reached its evolutionary peak...

    "was already perfectly adapted" implies that there was no real way for the virus to get even more lethal than it already was since its current form was flawless (in Temin's opinion)
     

    ali-yue

    Senior Member
    chinese
    ...the virus reached its evolutionary peak...

    "was already perfectly adapted" implies that there was no real way for the virus to get even more lethal than it already was since its current form was flawless (in Temin's opinion)
    Thanks, dear Leeeroy.
     
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