Is malaria intelligent?

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Amina Rahman

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Is malaria intelligent?
« on: 10/12/2009 12:30:03 »
Amina Rahman asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Can malaria be considered one of the most intelligent and advanced of "species" if we measure it according to its age, evolutionary adaptation and survival?

What do you think?

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Offline Madidus_Scientia

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Is malaria intelligent?
« Reply #1 on: 10/12/2009 18:03:00 »
I think you could call it successful, but I don't think the word intelligent applies. Viruses are just as successful but they're little more than a packet of genetic material, and it's debatable whether a virus could be considered to be life at all, let alone intelligent life.

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Is malaria intelligent?
« Reply #2 on: 24/01/2010 09:21:31 »
malaria like most other microbes is unicellular. so mutations that take place in it's genome are carried on to all it's offsprings. that's why it's successful. i don't think it's intelligent.   

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Is malaria intelligent?
« Reply #3 on: 24/01/2010 13:30:05 »
If it were intelligent it would stop killing its host.
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