Taking some things for granted
Then I tried to explain why the chance of H5N1 causing global pandemic is in large part due to the flu virus carrying RNA as its genome instead of DNA.
But his response was "what's the difference?" After I picked my jaw off the floor, I typed up a basic explanation of their differences. Studying DNA and RNA was one the first biology lessons that I learned. I was so fascinated by these processes, it cemented my interest into science.
I had assumed that DNA and RNA was a basic biology fact.
I think I gave him the basic biology lesson of DNA and RNA. But he was tired, so I might have to repeat the lesson tonight.
UPDATE: Ducks in Romania have turned up positive for bird flu. Ducks in other countries have shown to be asympotmatic carriers.