Monday, February 20, 2006

The Red Queen and Quickly Evolving Diseases.....

A recent article by BBC underscores the dangers of modern life:

"This accumulation of new pathogens has been going on for millennia - this is how we acquired TB, malaria, smallpox," said Professor Mark Woolhouse, an epidemiologist at the University Of Edinburgh, UK.

"But at the moment, this accumulation does seem to be happening very fast. We're going to have to run as fast as we can to stay in the same place"

"So it seems there is something special about modern times - these are good times for pathogens to be invading the human population."



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