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The Novel Coronavirus Has Its Own Evolutionary Strategy

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Set a thief to catch a thief. The best deer hunters are those who can think like a deer. To understand — and ultimately get the better of — the novel coronavirus, it would help to walk a mile in its evolutionary shoes.

So let’s try. Confronted with a pathogen, medicine nearly always focuses on how the human body responds to the invader: with inflammation, fever, malaise, coughing, sneezing, perhaps internal hemorrhaging, organ failure and any number of other symptoms, some minor and some life-threatening.

The view from evolutionary biology, however, is that pathogens — be they bacteria, fungi, protozoa or viruses —warrant being considered entities with their own agendas, unlike a nail we might step on or a hot stove we might accidentally

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