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  1. I didn’t actually read the article (much to my mother’s unending dismay), but she pointed out a bit in the New York Times about mice and infection.

    It seems the rodents don’t fight off diseases the same way people do. So would this also affect the way mice (or other rodents) transmit disease? If we can contract the same diseases, but fight them off in different ways, would the mice be more (or less) potent vectors of human infections?

  2. well, think of it this way … not all diseases are a direct transmission. In many cases an animal species serves as intermediate host for a viral, baterial or rickettsial infection. The insect vector then feeds on the animal followed by snacking on a person (think flea, tick, mosquito) for plague, lyme disease and West Nile as examples…

    so an increase in Norwegian Rats caused by the increase in trade in the middle ages from ship board traffic lead to the rapid importation of the Black Death (& Bubonic Plague)

    today we worry about direct spread (rabies from bites, Hanta from aerosolized rodent urine…

    it is not always that one specifies fights off a disease better than another. In some cases, because of the mechanism of infection, the causative agent just can’t get started. All gets technical and often requires a whole lot more comparative physiology, biochemistry or molecular physics that you really wanted to learn (grin)

  3. That is interesting!
    It is a blinding flash of obvious 🙂
    Infectious diseases, yes and long term health impacts of future generations.

    …remember the disappearing bees (a serious issue to human farming and the food supply)

    The research today being conducted on dogs for the benefit of both canines and humans is essential. We do share so many diseases (cancer, thyroid issues etc).

    I became more aware of wildlife management 10 years ago when I started hunting with my dog. I learned to hunt mainly to preserve the breed I love. All bird hunters contribute financially and otherwise to maintaining wildlife management areas and to increase the dwindling healthy bird populations. Quail have become a rarity compared to years gone by – due to the environment and loss of habitat. The toxins found in water fowl – scary.

    Interesting to note that the smallest portion of autism research 2%, goes to environmental causes. I assume big business ensures it stays that way.

    Maybe one day organic will be normal and not exceptional?

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