National Geographic : 2017 Apr
PRESENT DAY TECHNOLOGY VERSUS NATURAL SELECTION We big-brained humans have done much to neutralize the power of natural selection. With our tools, medicine, and other cultural innovations, we have started a poten- tially deadly race—one we could lose to a highly evolved superbug. Given the speed with which we can spread disease around the globe, “we are in a new pandemic era and must take action now to stop it,” says Kevin Olival, a disease ecologist at EcoHealth Alliance. Shifts brought about by habitat destruction and climate change are also bringing more people into contact with pathogens previously isolated from human hosts.