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A plate of Ebola virions mixed with Hendra virions would resemble capellini in a light sauce of capers.
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Among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat.

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By the cold Darwinian logic of natural selection, evolution codifies happenstance into strategy.

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RNA viruses are limited to small genomes because their mutation rates are so high, and their mutation rates are so high because they're limited to small genomes. In fact, there's a fancy name for that bind: Eigen's paradox. Manfred Eigen is a German chemist, a Nobel winner, who has studied the chemical reactions that yield self-organization of longer molecules, a process that might lead to life. His paradox describes a size limit for such self-replicating molecules, beyond which their mutation rate gives them too many errors and they cease to replicate. They die out. RNA

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The basic point is so important I'll repeat it: RNA viruses mutate profligately.

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It wasn't a petty squabble. It was a big squabble, in which pettiness played no small part.

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Onward we climb. The upper slope is a crust of friable lava. It crunches like peanut brittle beneath our steps.

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What are they called? Sprackles, shakums, edible sequins, glossy sugar deedeebobs, I don't know. Instead of sprinkling them on a cookie, I sprinkle them on Angel de la Guarda.

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A high jeopardy of extinction comes with territory. Islands are where species go to die.

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We're shaking loose viruses and dislodging them from their natural ecological limitations, places where they aren't very abundant and have competition, even within a single animal. We introduce them into a new, rich habitat called the human population, where they can flourish more abundantly and cause more trouble.

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The more cases of Ebola infection we have, the more chances there are for the virus to mutate in a particular way that adapts it well to living in humans, replicating in humans, and perhaps transmitting from human to human.

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The elk are the most abundant large herbivores in the Yellowstone ecosystem. There are thousands and thousands of them. They migrate in and out. And those migration routes need to stay open.

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