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Separate question about mutations in bacteria
Coïcidentally, the weather here in NC unexpectedly turned cool again a week or so ago and is projected to continue cool for a while longer. I've long observed that when the weather changes, either hot or cold, sicknesses abound, mostly ordinary colds as far as I can tell. I just started a sore throat late yesterday, so it's on my mind.
But I got to thinking: My body, I gather, is able mostly to protect me from organisms it's encountered in the past; it's the new mutations that I catch. Right? So how does this match up to the observation that sicknesses increase when the weather changes? Are we to believe that new bacteria appear at such times? And if so, why?
Tue May 9
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