Friday, September 16, 2005

MISSING BLACK PLAGUE MICE

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Hieronymous Bosch

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

As usual, we are the agents of our own possible destruction. Back when the black plague came roaring out of the hinterlands of Central Asia to eliminate one third of humanity, this was Mother Nature clearing the decks, using her usual tools. After all, viruses have been around since nearly the very beginning of Life on Earth. Their toils, the colonization of all possible ecological niches, has been an ongoing battle which they win pretty regularily if not always. What looks to us as "ourselves" is to them "For Rent or Sale."

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