[FoRK] avian flu/home grown/PastFutureTense
Stephen D. Williams
Thu Oct 13 17:05:14 PDT 2005
In a perfectly pathological (heh) situation, yes it would:
Expose every member of a species to a 100% deadly dose of a virus. All
susceptible members die. All those with natural immunity survive. QED.
Of course, not everyone gets exposed, not every exposure is the same,
exposure->development is not deterministic, susceptibility is not all or
nothing. Maybe there is no immunity. Still, the widespread loss of
population in a pandemic should tend to indicate that if there is any
immunity in a population that those with immunity will have better
Andy Armstrong wrote:
> On 14 Oct 2005, at 00:34, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> If a disease kills most of those susceptable, the children from that
>> point on have to be more likely to survive, right?
> I agree with you re: shortcomings in the original post but I don't
> think natural selection converges that quickly does it?
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