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Today's Creation Moment

Nov
27
The Most Sensitive Mammal on Earth
Romans 8:28
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
No matter where you live, it is likely that a wondrous creature is, right now, at work in or near your lawn. This creature has more ability to sense the things going on around him than a...
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Even Bacteria Get Sick

Romans 8:22
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."

It may come as good news to learn that the bacteria that make us sick can get sick too. Somehow it seems only right that they get a little of their own medicine, so to speak. And it may well be that making disease causing bacteria sick is just the medicine we need.

The fact that bacteria have their own microscopic enemies was first discovered in 1925. Antibiotics Bacteria get sickwere far in the future, so scientists began to learn about the bacteria's enemies in order to start some real germ warfare against other germs. They hoped their efforts would lead to cures for pneumonia, tuberculosis, cholera and diphtheria. But no one was able to perfect a treatment that worked.

Today our much more advanced medical research has again become interested in this subject, since more bacteria seem to resist our best antibiotics. Research is centering on viruses called bacteriophages, which literally means "bacteria eaters." An hour after a bacteriophage has infected a bacterium and reproduced within it, it kills that bacteria and moves on to others. In tests, bacteriophages have proven more effective than antibiotics in curing some livestock infections. And since they are alive, bacteriophages are passed from one animal to another, sharing the disease resistance.

Once again we are learning from our Creator how to ease human suffering.

Prayer: 
I thank You, Lord, that You enable mankind to learn how You have made things so that we have less suffering in this life. Fill people with an increased desire to know how our deeper suffering, because of sin, is cured through the saving work of Christ. Amen.
Notes: 
Dixon, Bernard. 1984. "Attack of the Phages." Science 84, June. p. 66. Photo: Electron micrograph of bacteriophages attached to a bacterial cell.