Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Favorite Quote

I've got to say- I got pretty excited about the lecture on immunology. It reminded me that I've been meaning to post what is, quite possibly, one of my favorite quotes of all time. Written by Claude Combes, a parasite ecologist, I think it really nicely wraps up the main idea behind the Red Queen hypothesis as it pertains to coevolution with pathogens:

"One might add that being genetically unvarying when one has a determined parasite for an adversary is like taking the same route home every day when threatened by terrorists."
 -Claude Combes

I like it so much that I even have it on my facebook profile. 

1 comment:

John Latto said...

I have three comments:

#1 - I love the quote. I hadn't heard it before.

#2 - I'm uncomfortable about anything that raises our fear of terrorism. An insanely low risk that has been manipulated by people who like to use fear to achieve their ends.

#3 - I take EXACTLY the same route home from work every day.....