The Beak of the Finch - Part 3, Chapter 18 Summary & Analysis

Jonathan Weiner
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Part 3, Chapter 18 Summary

A post-doctorate student, Martin Taylor is working with gray moths to find out how they continually change to become resistant to pesticides. The pesticide industry has produced hundred of chemicals to kill insects since the 1950s, and continually has to reevaluate because the insects build a resistant in only a few generations. Martin thinks the pesticide companies need to look at evolution when they are preparing their insecticides, but in the bible belt of the United States which is anti-evolution, this is not an option. However, evolution is what is happening and should be looked into, which is exactly what Martin is doing for the pesticide companies.

Physicians and medical researchers are having the same type of problems with antibiotics. Each disease is resisting the new antibiotics as fast as the antibiotics are being created. Many studies of E.coli have shown that even if...

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