Monday, June 05, 2006


We Are Not Alone

To a man, the brotherhood of bible college biologists -- flown into Kansas last year at taxpayer expense to testify on science standards they hadn't bothered to read -- doubted that humans beings were a product of evolution or that they share common ancestry with other creatures on earth.

As a group, the ID flying circus positively sneered at the idea.

What do you suppose their reaction will be to the realization that we are locked in a symbiotic embrace with bacteria? It's a relationship that not only helped shape our evolutionary history, but one we literally could not live without.

"We are somehow like an amalgam, a mix of bacteria and human cells," says Steven Gill, a molecular biologist formerly at The Institute for Genomic Research. "There are some estimates that say 90 percent of the cells on our body are actually bacteria."


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