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David Lloyd-Jones icomm5 at netcom.ca
Fri Aug 20 01:21:18 EST 1999


Joan Marie Shields <jshields at taurus.oac.uci.edu> wrote
> ianj <ianj at zipworld.com.au> wrote:
> >I want to ask Peter:

> >3. do you also believe that 'hygienic food' gives pathogens the
opportunity
> >to grow to higher levels than they would otherwise (no competition)? Do
you
> >have evidence for that?
>
> Well, isn't that how we grow single cultures?  By eliminating other
> competition.

An alternative explanation is that the way we get new stuff to culture is by
subjecting the old stuff to strong evolutionary pressure, as by antibiotics,
and conceivably by soap and water.

                                                                            
 -dlj.







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