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Dude
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Posted - 11/07/2007 :  16:00:04  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21671781/


While I find this interesting, at the same time I have to wonder if maybe there isn't something more worthwhile they could have been researching?

I mean, it just seems trivial compared to some of the ills we face (that also cause our appearance to change for the worse, that might draw the interest of a cosmetics company). I get it that there is big money in treatments for dandruff and eczema...

Maybe its just me.


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Ricky
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Posted - 11/07/2007 :  18:29:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Ricky an AOL message Send Ricky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Perhaps you should go back over the article with a fine tooth comb?

Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers said their study can shed light on ways to fight not only dandruff, but an infection that can threaten the lives of newborns.


Of course, this is really not the heart of the matter. Research is about finding knowledge, not about practicality.

Why continue? Because we must. Because we have the call. Because it is nobler to fight for rationality without winning than to give up in the face of continued defeats. Because whatever true progress humanity makes is through the rationality of the occasional individual and because any one individual we may win for the cause may do more for humanity than a hundred thousand who hug their superstitions to their breast.
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Dude
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Posted - 11/07/2007 :  19:29:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Numbers Ricky, numbers. I've never heard of this fungus as a pathogen before.

How many infants die from that every year or are even sick with it? Not many from what little data I have been able to find.

My point was not to knock the research. I think its interesting.

I'm just saying that sequencing the genome of the dandruf fungus is seems trivial in the face of H5N1, HIV, TB, MRSA, and so on.

So perhaps we, as a nation, need to step back and reconsider our priorities.


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
Edited by - Dude on 11/07/2007 19:30:44
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