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Originally posted by spookfish
reply to post by soficrow
Thanks so much for the info. I've kind of had such a feeling in my guts for years regarding similar concepts but have never really voiced them beyond the concept of symbiosis and beneficial gut bacteria. Its almost the Gaia hypothesis in microcosm. And the concept of infections etc leading to beneficial measurable changes physically and psychologically is breathtaking. It would also go some way to identifying myriad problems I've experienced as my list of medications grows every year, and every year I get sicker.
I once met a guy who was an activist with an animal rights group - they infiltrated (broke into in the dead of night) a research facility to do some vandalism and found a room of what appeared to be chimeras; they were semi-human, seemingly the result of experiments to blend human and animal DNA. This guy and the activists had to flee the scene when security/ police arrived, and to this day I don't know if he was telling fibs to promote his animal rights agenda, or whether it might have been true.
Anyway, it reminded me just now of a story re: the Sumerian god Enki, creating hybrid chimeras at a research facility, shortly before he created the 'worker' (human) from a combination of Homo genus DNA and their own 'god' DNA.
...the 1st evidence of life (simple cells) dates back to approximately 3.8 billion years. So we can see that life appeared not to long after the creation of the Earth !.
I've always assumed that genetic mutations tended to occur relatively slowly and accumulated over long periods of time through a process of natural selection ... but here's the hard to believe part ... at least for me.
We have a total of approximately 3.164 billion nucleotide base pairs.
We have a period of approximately 3.8 billion years since the dawn of life.
So, a simple bit of maths shows that to get from that original extremely simple cell to a human, means that random evolution coupled with natural selection pressures had to SUCCESSFULLY add a completely new rung to the ladder on average almost EVERY SINGLE YEAR !!
This article details the molecular mechanism behind the transfer of resistance genes between bacteria. …New rearrangements are triggered by taking an antibiotics, and those bacteria that have 'correctly' rearranged their genes, creating a new resistance cassette, will be able to survive and pass on this resistance not only vertically, but also horizontally - to their peers; bacteria can pass resistance genes to their neighbors in a deliberate manner.
This is extremely significant; the classic Darwinian story describes the organism as entirely a slave to the environment, unable to respond or adapt at the individuallevel. Only a lucky few - those that are resistant by chance - survive the selective pressure of antibiotic use, and are able to pass on their genes.
Or as you've been more simply taught: Survival of the fittest.
This new research clearly indicates that this is not necessarily the case, and in fact, contrary to what I've been taught more-or-less through my entire history in science - individual organisms - not just populations are able to not only react to, but also to adapt to the environment.
At least individual microorganisms are able to do this.
It cannot be stressed enough how significant of a break this is from the classic story of antibiotic resistance via Darwinian evolution. The idea that the individual and not just the population of organisms can adapt to a changing environment at the DNA level is literally scientific heresy.
This is of course more evidence, another huge piece of evidence suggesting that The Theory of Evolution with respect Darwin's ideas is at least not as well understood as was once believed, and at most completely, utterly, and totally false.
Also see: mattison0922
Molecular Mechanisms of Antibacterial Multidrug Resistance
The SOS Response Controls Integron Recombination
I will be compiling a thread on the (very much existant) anomalies - and other interesting 'origins' stuff soon, and I'll make a point of inviting your comments.