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Today's Creation Moment

Hard-Working Virus
Philippians 1:22-24
"But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to...
When it was introduced, some people thought that it was against God's will. After all, since the human body was made in God's image, it is wrong to put something into the human body that was made...

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.

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.
Dixon, Bernard. 1984. "Attack of the Phages." Science 84, June. p. 66. Photo: Electron micrograph of bacteriophages attached to a bacterial cell.