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Stuart Carlson

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  1. ODon

    ODon said, almost 2 years ago

    Fund Research ~ Not War

  2. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 2 years ago

    Evolution is happening in the short span of a human lifetime.

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 2 years ago

    @Rockngolfer

    Would you believe in as little as five years, in the case of a cricket? Not even a microscopic critter!
    http://www.salon.com/2013/03/10/paleofantasy_stone_age_delusions/

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Well, you’d never see a single cell organism, or insect, that large, but microbes may indeed inherit the Earth at the rate we’re exterminating species.

  5. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 2 years ago

    That booger at the door is the one that just had a hold on me!

  6. Atma

    Atma said, almost 2 years ago

    Genetically modified crops and animals are a greater threat to humanity. You can kill superbugs (or they’ll kill you) but genetically modified crops will go on and pollute the food gene pool forever.

  7. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    People all over the country are dying from these drug resistant bacteria. The private drug firms don’t do research to improve anti-biotics because it’s not as profitable. i think the government needs to start pushing the NIH for research grants to develop new drugs to treat these “super bugs.”


    Of course it doesn’t help that every time we get a sniffle we run to the doctor for a prescription and just build up an immunity to the existing drugs effectiveness. .

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Rockngolfer

    Evolution can move very fast in a harsh environment and a fast life cycle.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Atma

    The point is you can’t kill the “super bugs” with the available medicines.

  10. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Atma

    Atma, no, that’s nonsense.

    GMOs are not the bogeyman you think they are. We’ve been "genetically modifying crops for thousands of years, and for that matter, plants swap genes with plant pathogens in nature. While it’s worthwhile being cautious, it is hardly an apocalypse. It’s just a way of shaping crops to meet challenges of pests, weather and soil a little bit faster than “traditional” breeding.


    On the other hand, hundreds of thousands of people a year are actually now dying of untreatable infections, due to antibiotic super-resistance, and this is only going to increase. We are going back to the days when even a “minor” infection, from any surgery or even impaling yourself on a rose thorn, can be fatal.


    You need to learn to tell real threats from threats imagined because you find a technology scary.

  11. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    The biggest thing that can be done, and quite frankly, MUST be done, to decrease the problem of antibiotic resistance, is to stop the routine use of antibiotics in feedlot animals to bulk them up.


    About 80% of antibiotics used in the US, are used in routine administration to feedlot meat animals. These animals are a rich breeding ground for antibiotic resistant bacteria because of this constant exposure. These bacteria are then shed into the soil of the feedlots, where they swap genes freely with soil bacteria, plus workers pick up the resistant bacteria and they spread beyond the area. Gene transfers between species of bacteria are easy and common, and the person-to-person contact of feedlot workers and the spread through soil bacteria ensures that resistance genes developed in meat animals spread worldwide whether or not any given individual has ever had any kind of contact with the meat animal itself.


    Even our last great hope against resistant infections, vancomycin, is used to fatten animals in feedlots in the US, Canada and Australia now, which means that its usefulness is going to be limited to only a few more years. People in hospitals are already dying for cheap meat – literally.


    http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/industrial-agriculture/prescription-for-trouble.html

    http://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/antibiotics/agriculture.htm

  12. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, almost 2 years ago

    @Lynne B

    “GMOs are not the bogeyman you think they are.”


    It is when one company (Monsanto) is suing small farmers for having their crops mingle with GMOs. Its also a problem when these plants excrete “round up” insecticide, forcing critters like crickets and grashoppers to become more resistant to the insecticide, thus creating super bugs. Not to mention that when it rains this round up end up in streams and causing havoc on near by rivers (just ask the tad poles that are dying or develop mutations). Then there’s that same company that is using our elected officials to pass the Monsanto Protection Act, an act that says biotech companies would not have to wait for federal approval to test and plant laboratory-made crops, instead being allowed to carry on with even selling such crops until the government elects to tell them otherwise.


    As much potential as this new technology will bring to starving children in poor countries, it has first to be refined without it killing us and the enviornment in the process.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    “Round up” is an herbicide, not a pesticide. It is their “frankencorn” that produces INSECTICIDE, in a FOOD product, that is a tad scary on that genetic research. They DO produce crops RESISTANT to “Roundup” however, and that is what they’re suing farmers, whose own fields have been contaminated by farmers planting the Monsanto varieties.

  14. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Wait a minute—all these intelligent comments about evolution in action—where are the usual batch of crazies to tell us that evolution doesn’t happen, and that the particular invisible man in the sky that they happen to believe in made everything 6,000 years ago? Exoticdoc2, you and your buddies out there?

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