A war has been raging for billions of years, killing trillions every single day, while we don’t even notice. This war involves the single deadliest being on our planet: The Bacteriophage.
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The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage
A few months ago i asked some doctor if we could manipulate other living things to kill super bugs instead of developing stronger antibiotics..... he couldn't answer me. Now, NOW THIS IS A PROPER ANSWER.
Alright Kurzgesagt I'm very intrigued by this video but I have a question. By killing the bacteria the phages multiply, to extreme levels... So they will increase in numbers. Sooner or later the phages will have completely wiped out all targeted bacteria (As planned) So... Whats next? They just sit in our body, having no purpose? What if they evolve to hunt down good bacteria, since they have no more targets? If not, how to we exert them out? Just wondering, love your vids btw <3
So Bacteriophages are similar to Toxoplasma, in which they reproduce inside of living beings as kind of parasites, but hunt down an enemy that is as well ours. The only fear I have is that, like stated in the video (Which was AWESOME!), Bacteriophages can evolve over time, and they need something to feast and continue living, otherwise they would succumb to self-genocide. It could end up destroying us from the inside, and there is, as far as this video has (or thus hasn't) told us, no natural superior enemy. But another worst case scenario would be that we have to inject a ton of bacterias inside of our body to sustain the Bacteriophages hunger and need for Evolving, thus we could live a life without any of the bacterias caused diseases in exchange of intravenous or even simple pills containing bacterias. That would be straight-up sci-fi horror stuff.
would you choose to still eat meat, or rusty metal? there is still bacteria, so phages don't really need to evolve towards harming us. being a phage is in human terms, "Having all to food in the world."
Might be a silly question but; in the video it stated that phages cannot harm humans but what if continually injecting them inside us to fight bacteria eventually induces evolution in the phages allowing them to harm us? if that's possible of course
probably not. I mean, most bacteria are single celled organisms, so I think the phages can only attack them. Plus, that will only happen in the case that a bacteria stops evolving forever, which is not the case for, well, all of them.
When I was a kid I used to imagine that bacteriophages were created by some extra terrestrial intelligence as a way to encourage evolution of intelligent life on earth.
My brain might have been damaged by an overdose of StarTrek and Arthur C Clarke novels.
So what happenes when we've been using phages for so long that they develope ways to attack human cells and we get an even worse enemy. Remember that the enemy of our enemy can still be our potential enemy.
not really. If these phages have been around for this long, they are probably hardwired into killing protein based bacterium, and not our oxygen based ones. It's like asking a dog to eat metal and not dog food. Probably under a lot of changes that will turn it into a robot pupper, it will, but naturally? you'd have better luck eating said metal that Mister ddogg.
Most of the phage use today is from old ussr research. They had this big institute in, I think, Ukraine. They never had antibiotics in the ussr during the cold war, I was told. The French where the ones that recently revived and carried on with said institute.
that's not how evolution works. It will only happen if bacteria simply "poofed" out of existence. Then, phages will turn to a new source of food. but bacteria still exists, no? thus phages still have a food source. If you can eat meat and have the chance to be able to eat rusty metal when there's still meat, which would you pick? meat of course! unless there is no more meat in the world, you'd prolly choose the rusty metal.
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