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Today's Creation Moment

Jul
24
How Old Is Human DNA?
Genesis 11:8
"So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city."
Mitochondria generate energy inside each of your cells. They have their own DNA, which is passed directly from mother to child. This fact and the known rate at which mitochondrial DNA mutates has led...
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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.