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micro enemies, on the other hand, are micro-organisms,
which are not a part of our bodies, yet which have somehow
penetrated our bodies, eventually stimulating the defence
Every foreign cell that enters the body is not, however
treated as an enemy. Foreign matter constantly enters
our bodies as we eat, drink water, or take medicine.
Yet our body does not initiate a war with it. In order
for the defence cells to perceive a foreign substance
as an enemy, certain conditions are taken into consideration
such as the size of the molecule, its rate of elimination
from the body, and its way of entering the body.
Among our innumerable micro enemies,
bacteria have an established reputation.
Bacteria, which enter the human
body in multiple ways, instigate a fierce war in the
body. Sometimes ending up with quite serious illnesses,
these wars explicitly reveal the power and ability hidden
in an organism the size of a few microns (a micron is
one thousandth of a millimeter). Recent research has
shown that bacteria have an extraordinary resistance
even to the most severe and harsh conditions. Particularly,
the bacteria known as spores are resistant to extremely
high temperatures and drought for extended periods.
This is why it is difficult to destroy certain microbes.
human body resembles a very valuable diamond stored
in a safe, receiving the most intensive care and protection.
Some of the organisms that try to invade the body act
like experienced thieves. One of the best known and
most important of these thieves is the virus.
organism, whose existence we became aware of with the
invention of the electron microscope, is too simple-structured
and small to be considered even as a cell. Viruses,
which vary in sizes ranging from 0.1 to 0.280 microns,
are excluded from the world of living things for this
Although categorized as being
apart from the world of living beings, viruses indisputably
possess at least as exceptional abilities as all other
living beings do. A closer examination of the lives
of viruses will make this fact more apparent. Viruses
are the compulsory parasites of living beings. This
means, they cannot survive if they do not settle into
a plant, animal, or human cell, and consume its food
and energy. Viruses do not have a system that would
enable them to survive on their own. As if they are
aware of this, they deftly slip into a cell, and after
invading the cell, with the same deftness turn the cell
into a "virus production factory" that produces its
This plan developed by the virus
to invade the cell is extremely sophisticated and intelligent.
In the first place, the virus must determine whether
the cell is appropriate for itself or not. It has to
be very careful and meticulous in this decision, for
the smallest mistake may cause its death. To avoid such
an end, it uses its special receptors to check whether
the cell is appropriate for it or not. The next important
thing it does is to carefully locate itself within the
The virus confuses the cell with the tactics it employs
and avoids observation.
is how the events develop: the cell transports the new
DNA of the virus into its nucleus. Thinking that it
produces protein, the cell starts to replicate this
new DNA. The DNA of the virus hides itself so furtively
that the cell involuntarily becomes the production factory
of its own enemy and produces the very viruses that
will eventually destroy it. It is indeed very difficult
for the cell to identify the hereditary make-up of the
virus as that of an invader.
The virus locates itself within
the cell so well that it almost becomes a part of it.
After the multiplication process is over, the virus
and other new viruses depart from the cell to repeat
the same process in other cells. During the process,
depending on the type of the virus and the cell, the
virus can kill the host cell, cause harm to it, modify
it, or simply do nothing.
The question of how the cell,
which operates under a very strictly monitored control
mechanism, can be deceived into becoming a virus factory
is still unanswered. It is quite intriguing that viruses,
which have a highly specialized structure, but which
are not even classified as living beings, could act
so intelligently, think up, and plan such effective
strategies. The secret of this phenomenon lies in the
existence of a Creator, Who created these organisms
with the abilities they possess.
The features of the virus are
perfectly designed to enable it to make use of the system
operating in the cell. It is obvious that the power
that created the virus is also well informed about the
extremely complex working principles of the cell. This
power belongs to God, Who created the virus and the
cell into which it will settle, as He created the entire
The virus, which, with its miniscule
structure, can inflict and sometimes even cause the
death of the human body, which is millions of times
bigger than itself in size, is a being specially created
by God to remind people of their weaknesses.
2- George Gamow,
One Two Three... Infinity, Bantam Books, 1971, p. 245