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AROUND 520 WORDS: Science over scientism

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Last week, I came across an article in the New York Daily News entitled “Researchers accidentally release parasitic wasp butterflies in Finland.”

Parasitic wasp butterflies? That caught my attention. According to the piece, which describes an “inadvertent” introduction made by Finnish researchers, a particular class of butterfly now has a threefold — threefold! — parasitic threat: a parasitic bacterium inside a parasitic hyperparasitoid inside a parasitic wasp inside the butterfly (say that five times fast). The article explains, “The rampant spread of the various parasites has left the original butterfly that was intended to be the focus of the study, the Glanville fritillary, to experience major fluctuations in population on the Finnish island of Sottunga, according to The Guardian.”

It’s stories like these that remind me of that........

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