- Subject: Fw: Devolution????
- From: "Gerald W. Bracey" <gbracey@EROLS.COM>
- Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:01:54 -0500
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From: Louise Doskow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Louise Doskow <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 7:01 PM
> >The following is circulating in the evolutionary biology community:
> > From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Nov 11 09:20:49 1999
> > DISEASES LAUD KANSAS DECISION
> > (AP) The Ebola Virus, speaking from its headquarters somewhere in
> > Africa, today thanked the Kansas Board of Education for its
> > recent decision to remove evolution from the state's science
> > curriculum. The virus pointed out that the resulting eventual loss of
> > evolutionary biologists would make life easier for it and many other
> > emerging diseases, as health workers would not be able to distinguish
> > lethal and nonlethal strains that had evolved from one other. In its
> > two recent visits to the U.S., the Ebola strains involved were those
> > that had evolved from the deadly human strains into strains that kill
> > monkeys, not people. "If they hadn't known, we could really have
> > inspired hysteria," commented Ebola. "More fun next time."
> > Meanwhile, Hantavirus, Cholera, AIDS, and Influenza
> > announced that they had no intention of stopping their own evolution
> > looked forward to even more successful world tours in the future.
> > none of them expressed much interest in visiting Kansas, they denied
> > had plans to boycott the state. Finally, stock futures for a variety
> > "old-fashioned" diseases (such as diphtheria and
> > streptococcus), malaria, and tuberculosis went up, as it appears that
> > humans now are increasingly prepared to ignore the evolution of
> > resistance for diseases that have long been held in check by modern
> > medicines.
> > Diphtheria, speaking from its exile in poorer parts of the former
> > U.S.S.R. commented, "The lack of new antibiotics seems to reflect a
> > human arrogance that assumes we can't evolve and come back."
> > It pointed out that malaria and TB had already evolved forms that
> > immune to all known antibiotics. "Without understanding how we
> > humans are turning themselves into fodder."
> > Asked to comment on the Kansas decision, Diphtheria smiled
> > and said, "Thanks, Kansas, we'll be seeing you."
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