> > By comparison to insects (never mind humans), microbes are damnably
> > smart (adaptive, creative) creatures. THINK about this:
> > /Staphylococcus/ was 100 percent vulnerable to penicillin in the
And Ernie (Marx) replied to me personally, off list:
>Misha - a small point, but my guess would be that the
>staph was 99.9% vulnerable in the beginning. It was the 0.1% that was
>selected for under antibiotic pressure. If the organism were 100%
>vulnerable there would be no resistant genotypes to select for.
I want my response--and his catching of me--to be on list...
Ernie, you are absolutely RIGHT. I left out a crucial modifier there:
was ALMOST 100 percent vulnerable.
Thank you for catching that!!!!
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