[extropy-chat] Bowhead Whales May be the World's Oldest Mammals

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Mar 27 19:44:22 UTC 2007

At 02:50 PM 3/27/2007 -0400, Robert wrote:

>It is true that a number of major human diseases tend to be water 
>borne rather than air borne (cholera for example).

But isn't that typically stagnant water?

>one evolves towards relative coexistence between host and hosted. ...
>I have to think that microorganisms and their hosts in the ocean 
>evolved to a relative standstill long ago.

That's my assumption too, and is presumably largely due to the factor 
I mentioned, that there are fewer boundaries in the oceans to enable 
localized populations of bugs to develop without contact with others 
of their kind.

Damien Broderick

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