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It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson

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Tangles and Plaques

When I went to take my dogs for their walk this morning, Razzie’s leash had a knot in it. No big deal, it only took a minute to undo, though a minute is a long time for a puppy with a world outside to explore. The weird thing is that I have no idea how this happened, in the same way that it defies common sense for the garden hose to get itself all twisted precisely and only on those days when the far back corner of the lawn needs watering. It is clearly in the nature of things to get all tangled up.

This is also why fishermen spend half their lives on dry land, repairing their nets. No matter what they trawl through, nets pick up all sorts of detritus and gunk that clogs things up, and attract ribbons of seaweed that weave ...

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