I’m working on a microbiology question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
This is a critically important video about how we can try to tame and domesticate pathogens instead of trying to conquer them. If we can’t beat them, how can we “join” them?
Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea
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This is an extremely powerful video. Every single time we misuse, abuse, or overuse antibiotics (or other chemicals that kill microbes) we have made them stronger. We cannot conquer microbes. They are better at evolving than we will ever be. But, we are smarter :
Share your thoughts about what you learned. Have you given much thought to the fact that as the way we live changes microbes are forced to adapt to their new surroundings, which just so happen to be us? Does anyone have any other ideas to save our species from an uncertain fate in a world full of scary pathogens?Just 1page