As I research Virus’s and diseases I am often struck by the names they have been given, Ebola, Bubonic, flu, HIV, if you hear them without any previous knowledge of them then they are actually curious and sometimes beautiful sounding word’s. Syphilis is a particularly good example, before I knew what it was I would have been forgiven for thinking it was a poetic verb to describe an Ice crystal or maybe even a curious and intoxicatingly sweet cake. The reason I say this is that syphilis is a horrifying condition that without treatment results in insanity and death, yet Cake is filling, pleasurable and in reasonable amounts very beneficial. Dissect both words briefly, one dances around your tongue whilst the other strands itself brick like against your vocal chords, one is a good thing the other is down right nasty. My point is that all of those scientists that preceded myself expressed there awe of the virus’s in their choice of names.
They are all awesome, take our old friend the common cold, it can mutate very subtly every hour, given a very small opportunity it will attach itself to most organic matter but once it has entered a host it will breed, replicating itself yet at the same time it can at the drop of a hat communicate mutations by contact and with a speed bordering on the instantaneous change the whole colony. Impressive but it doesn’t just stop there, it is everywhere, in different shapes and form but if it’s alive then within it’s foundations will be a virus.
When I shave and look at my face I know that this Homo-sapiens came about because of a combination of DNA. Deoxy Rib-one Nucleic Acid, roll that one around your tongue for a bit it’s a lovely set of words. Yet what is it, is it a bit of a dead virus that is entrapped with a living virus. This is how I am pretty sure it came about though. Back just after the BIG BANG, there was a swirling dance of freshly created or reformed matter, then my old friend gravity started to work, inevitably and inexorably the matter was pulled together by its own mass. Molecules collided and over a vast period of time they formed into amino acid’s which with more time formed into chains, then with all that space and all that time to play with those chains collided and formed into rib-ones, ribbons, that is an oddly lovely word to but remember it it is important.
The ribbons were pulled two and fro by the conflicting forces around them, and there in that swirling mass of matter the ribbons collided, the virus was unwittingly born then and there. Randomly it came into existence as Rib-one nucleic acid, one by one they would have formed and if you like they may have danced together in that breathing space before intelligent life’s measurements. Eventually during those dances one of them died whilst it was till attached to another and DNA came about, it’s phosphate back bone was nought more than a dead deoxinated virus. Knowing their proclivities as well as I do I wonder if one of the pair killed the other deliberately, it isn’t important though as eventually they would die and still attached a crippled virus would meet another crippled virus and POOOOF.. Our old double helix would form.
The rest as they say is history, yet knowing physics as well as I can, it does seem inevitable that it should result in me writing this on a keyboard that was made in china and attached to a French Opus unit, whilst pondering my awe-struck ancestors, I understand their awe but I am also in awe of the subtleties of our own evolution. So I will return to me shaving, that reflection is a virus at some point too, maybe I could only exist because of them………….