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Could COVID-19 be less “dangerous” by the pass of the time?

Could COVID-19 be less "dangerous" by the pass of the time, say for instance, on August? By dangerous I mean, less aggressive in terms of the symptoms, mortality, less probability of caught the virus,...
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How can I convert mutation rates into number of infected people?

Yes, the question sound strange. But the fact is that mutation rate, μ, is of often measured in terms of substitutions per nucleotide per cell infection, written as "(s/n/c)". So if I have a ...
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What are some “evolutionary mishaps” in humans?

I'm curious about things like the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which runs all the way down, under the aortic arch, then back up to the vocal cords. In early vertebrates, bodies were configured ...
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What is the tailbone for?

As every "evolution guy" says, "Our tailbone is a remnant of our evolution" But a site says, "It helps you about sitting" Does our tailbone really help us sit?
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What is the purpose of heelpieces?

Why do you need the heelpieces? Why did millions years of evoultion develop so short human heel that we need to extend it with the artificial one? What are the health implications of having shoes ...
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Multidrug treatment to prevent evolution of resistance

I was just reading an article in PLOS Medicine on the treatment of multidrug resistant TB. They suggest that treatments are more effective if a large number (more than 5) treatments are used ...
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Why aren't superbugs weaker than their wild type?

A superbug is a strain of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotic drugs, according to Oxford Dictionary. The reason that it can resist the drug is because it has evolved in the environment ...