Respectful Insolence

It’s been a while since I’ve dealt with creationists trying to claim either that evolutionary theory is not relevant to the problem of microbial resistance to antibiotics or, even worse, making really bad medical recommendations on the basis of their interpretation of evolution.

This time around RPM has posted a nice article on Competitive Release and Antibiotic Resistance that suggests a possible way that we can use evolutionary theory to prolong the useful life of antibiotics before resistance evolves. The results explained by RPM remind me of an article I blogged about several months ago, and it’s well worth reading in its entirety.

Heck, compare and contrast.

Comments

  1. #1 phisrow
    January 16, 2008

    Just you wait. I give you maybe 20 hours, tops, before the stories about the fun new MRSA flavor start popping up.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7188741.stm
    Why bother with pesky things like science, evolution, or epidemiology? A nasty disease in a homosexual population is a time to talk about God’s perfect plan!

  2. #2 DLC
    January 16, 2008

    What, you mean… Darwin (and the horde of others who followed him) had something right ? Noooo! Say it isn’t So!

    Of course it is… Organisms Evolve in ways that enhance their survival. Duh.