That statement makes me think of a post on here the other day where the OP was asking how stupid does the government think we are.... apparently they
think we are REALLY stupid.
Although the U.S. reported the fourth confirmed case of mad cow in six years this week, the government is stressing there is no threat to human
health and no danger of the meat entering the food chain. Officials are still investigating how the dairy cow contracted the disease.
It was "just a random mutation that can happen every once in a great while in an animal," said Bruce Akey, director of the New York State
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University. "Random mutations go on in nature all the time." Experts said the case was "atypical,"
meaning it was a rare occurrence in which a cow contracts the disease spontaneously, rather than through the feed supply. The risk of transmission
generally comes when the brain or spinal tissue of an animal with BSE, or mad cow disease, is consumed by humans or another animal, which did not
occur in this case.
How many more random mutation stories are they going to send our way before the year is over? I know that bacterias/viruses mutate over time. But the
rate of speed and the intensity behind a lot of current mutations, doesn't make sense when you look at it from an evolutionary stance. I feel like
these disease mutations happen so quickly. When we had the Swine Flu outbreak in 2009... the virus had already started to mutate THAT flu season. (I
will find an article backing up that fact)
If viruses can mutate so quickly, is the evolution of other species speeding up as well?