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Do you think that our species is exempt from "kill-the-winner" predator-prey dynamics? (KTW is the colloquial term for the cyclical dynamic by which phages promote community evenness by reducing the numbers of the most abundant bacterial strains.)
Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Talmudic Questions, Teachers Corner | Permalink
I wouldn't say that we as a species are exempt from kill-the-winner dynamics, but we are certainly testing it. After all, we bring something to the table which no other species does: our intelligence and technology. Of course, predators are not the biggest threat to the human race. We are as likely to exhaust our resources and poison our environment with waste products thus threatening our own existence (as yeast does in fermentation) before a microbial predator takes us out.
September 27, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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