When curators at the American Museum of Natural History began planning an exhibition on Darwin three years ago, they didn't anticipate a roiling national debate about evolution and intelligent design. We didn't think the issue would be as white-hot as it is right now, ... It kind of raised the ante for us. My sense was, let's make this show good, because people really want to see it. They need it.
We know that you can only get avian flu from getting in contact with a chicken or a bird species with it. That's bad enough. We don't transfer it from one human to another, which is really bad But from the infective agent's point of view, the virus' point of view, its going to say 'to be more adaptive, maybe I'll switch hosts, and I'll adapt to a system where humans are transferring to each other.' We wouldn't even have a concept of that or a worry of that without Darwin's theory of evolution.