Why There’s No Cure for the Common Cold

by on November 22, 2006 · 2 comments

Phil Windley points us to the reason.

  • http://www.digitalproductions.co.uk Crosbie Fitch

    My theory is that the cold is actually an evolutionary advantage, selected as a mechanism for immune systems to communicate with each other.

    Some viruses mutate far too fast to wait for populations to be wiped out and develop resistance through natural selection.

    Think of the cold as a p2p stress mechanism deliberately cultivated in symbiosis to exercise and improve the fitness of the community’s immune response in preparation for the unexpected.

  • http://www.digitalproductions.co.uk Crosbie Fitch

    My theory is that the cold is actually an evolutionary advantage, selected as a mechanism for immune systems to communicate with each other.

    Some viruses mutate far too fast to wait for populations to be wiped out and develop resistance through natural selection.

    Think of the cold as a p2p stress mechanism deliberately cultivated in symbiosis to exercise and improve the fitness of the community’s immune response in preparation for the unexpected.

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