posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 02:02 AM
Earlier today, I was watching tv when up popped an ad for a hand-soap that claimed to kill 99.9% of germs/bacteria. That got me thinking about all
those other ads for similar products such as detergent, kitchen cleaners, soaps, etc also claiming to be 99.9% effective in killing germs and
Now these claims have me somewhat worried because if true, that would mean that by using these products and eliminating/destroying the 99.9% of
bacteria/germs in a given population, we're effectively (and unknowingly) subjecting those populations to a form of "unnatural selection" pressure
and "forcing" the evolution of the remaining 0.1% of bacteria in those populations in the direction of acquiring a significant anti-bacteria
immunity. Essentially, we're "culling" the majority of weaker (and susceptible) bacteria leaving behind only those with an existing genetic
anti-bacterial immunity as the sole breeding bacteria. Therefore any resultant descendant bacteria will over time, develop almost complete immunity to
common household antibacterial products.
Personally, I have a hard time believing that the manufacturers of these "99.9%" products cannot be unaware of this inadvertent selection pressure
being applied through large scale use of their products ... or do they simply not care when the BIG $ is involved ?
Surely in the greater scheme of things, this is large scale genetic manipulation and cannot be a good thing ?