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MatC
157917.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:30 am Reply with quote

Excellent - thanks, garrick! Surely there’s fun to be had with that, isn’t there? That 50 years turned out to be too short, so they had to replace it with the gloriously subjective “No reasonable doubt.”

I wonder how many species have come back from the dead since the rule change?

 
eggshaped
157921.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:35 am Reply with quote

Here are some, Mat.

post 18648

Also see preceding posts.

 
Flash
157977.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:14 pm Reply with quote

Imagine how frustrating it would be if you were trying to prove something was extinct, and then, after 49 years and 11 months of searching - you saw one! You'd check no-one was looking and then shoot it, wouldn't you?

 
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Flash
157986.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:29 pm Reply with quote

There are still a couple of smallpox cultures kept in jam jars somewhere, aren't there? There's a bit of an ongoing debate as to whether to exterminate the little blighters or not.

Besides, as you yourself pointed out, there isn't a 50-year rule any more. I guess smallpox is described as "extinct in the wild", isn't it?

 
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Jenny
158024.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:51 pm Reply with quote

According to this website, there are two remaining supplies of smallpox virus in laboratories in the USA and Russia, safely under lock and key. There is a major debate going on about whether they should be deliberately destroyed or not. Some interesting stuff about smallpox on that page, actually.

 
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Jenny
158026.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:59 pm Reply with quote

Oh all the viruses are up in arms about it, and there are billions of them marching about it even as we speak, but the problem is that the banners are so tiny that nobody can see them.

 
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MatC
158042.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:39 pm Reply with quote

We're always told that it matters if anything goes extinct, because everything is interconnected, and you can't afford to lose any of the bits, but apparently this doesn't apply to germs. Serious question: why doesn't it?

 
Flash
158112.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:58 pm Reply with quote

Well, that's the debate that's taking place. One answer may be that it is prospectively, and in principle, possible to re-create a simple organism from its gene sequence. Another is that several species already become extinct every day (mostly insects), dont't they?

 
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