Mysterious Life of Genius Viruses

They are genius but evil, smart but deadly, companions but unfaithful while still deceiving science through their deceptively secretive selves. They are neither living beings nor are they nonliving rather they stroll on the thin edge of life.

Outside the living cell, they are either in a crystalline form or inert state meaning they are lifeless. The world of viruses is one so amusing yet so frightening abode challenging the human life and baffling the limitations of science in countless vexatious ways.

Plainly speaking, a virus is composed of material called a genome consisting of either DNA or RNA. Some viruses could also have a protecting protein layer around it called capsid. RNA or DNA is to the virus like is brain to the humans. It controls the virus entity. Any virus could have either of them, DNA or RNA but could not contain both.

Call it Molecular Biology, Microbiology or Virology but this is highly required field of national expenditure in parallel with our defense and strategic infrastructure. We must hope for the best but simultaneously be ready to meet out the worst.

More than 70% viruses are RNA contained. Viruses are found in all living creatures like bacteria, humans, animals and plants. Unless they find an interaction with living cells, viruses are cold dead non living things. When interacted with a life cell, they become wildly alive and evolve only to consume back the living cell that granted it life thus making them as unfaithful companions of Man.

Once they penetrate a living cell, they encamp outside it with its lethal appearance and here it is named as Virion. From here, it transmits the genome material (DNA or RNA) into the host cell so that it begins its communication of transcription and translation by the host cell. This grand espionage network that Virus develops around the living cell is fatally successful for the virus and the host cell falls a virtual prisoner to it.

The Virion starts speaking from this point passing commands to the host cell to behave in certainly manner as it dictates. It’s the grand coup d’état that enslaves the living cell to this whimsical totalitarian pathogen. Viruses genius seems to be advancing the evolutional intellect of the host cell as they even could derive an additional protective bilipid layer from the host cell.

The host cell remains incognizant of the fact that it is arranging the instruments of its own destruction. This is where viruses are deceptive. The cell which engineered life before befalls eradicating it at the dictates of the Virion.

RNA contained viruses makes the situation even more disappointing for us as the rate of evolution, transformation and growth called mutation rate is higher in these viruses than it is in DNA contained viruses. This mutation rate leads to the generation of virus variant and adaptability to its new host.

You could recognize it today in some form with such traits, shape, and attitude and looks which might be more different and more complex the next day you happen to examine it in the host or new host cells.  This increases their art of life as much as it decreases our want of having them dead. They are more complex than life itself.

More perplexing is tracing where they originated let alone how they originated. Science is speechless as of this age while having discovered the black hole images, scientists are still investigating how the present day viruses evolved by accumulating biochemical and genetic information to speculate the viruses history. They do not fossilize so carbon dating is useless here. They do not have a common ancestor. They are not only orphans but also traceless. How and where did they come from, there are no finally augmented scientific conclusions for this answer but mere thoughts of abstraction and could be one of those sweet conspiracy theories.

Some say they evolved in the times of bacteria but asked how, there is no answer. Others say they are the angry family members who broke away from the existing DNA or RNA of the living cells but they too fail to establish how this could have happened.

Call it Molecular Biology, Microbiology or Virology but this is highly required field of national expenditure in parallel with our defense and strategic infrastructure. We must hope for the best but simultaneously be ready to meet out the worst.

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