Sand steenbras infected with tongue-eating louse (Photo by Marco Vinci/Wikimedia Commons)
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Some of these creatures seem like they could be from a sci-fi horror flick.
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Anything that enters our bodies through direct contact with our mucosal membranes, inhaled into our lungs or touches our skin for long periods of time has the highest chance of entering our blood stream and influencing our health, for good or bad.
Last week, an Israeli team of researchers revealed how a bacterial species can become a "zombie" and then spread it to others causing an apocalypse. Making this observation even more interesting was what they used to trigger the outbreak. It wasn't a living organism. Instead, it was a chemical: silver.
Seeds contain the book of life. They have all of the genetic information necessary to create a new life. But what happened to all of the seeds? One word... convenience. We have bred our foods to make them more convenient by eliminating the most important part of the food.
A former CBC colleague-turned-journalism professor very politely questions the ethics of my writing this column for HuffPost. Surely, he suggests delicately, the internet in general -- and aggregators like HuffPost in particular -- are killing traditional mainstream, general-interest journalism. And, in the process, seriously damaging democracy. My reply...?