Rats, it’s war! Evolutionists claim the increasing resistance of pests such as rats to chemical killers over the last few decades is an example of evolution occurring before our eyes. Not so, says the inventor of a new rat poison, in New Scientist (New Scientist 3/7/1999, p7) who claims that the common component of rat baits, the chemical warfarin, is broken down by bacteria in the rats’ stomachs before it can be absorbed by the rats. Therefore mixing antibiotics in the poison should kill the bacteria and leave the warfarin free to kill the rats.

Editorial Comment: Whenever increasing resistance to chemical or biological persons has been investigated it has always turned out to be a case of un-natural selection, not evolution. In every bacteria species studied there have been resistant and non-resistant organisms in the population prior to the introduction of a new ‘poison’. When the non-resistant organisms in the rat system are killed off by antibiotics, the resistant bacteria survive and thrive and give rise to the next generation. Which means in 10 years he will need to patent a new rat poison (good marketing strategy huh!). (Ref resistance, rats, bacteria)


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