The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 'naked' (left) and covered in the glaze of glycans (sugars) that protect it and hide it from our immune system (right) .Lorenzo Casalino, Zied Gaieb; Amaro Lab, University of California San Diego.
When it comes to the viral issue, the symbiotic relationship of viruses with our body is rarely exposed; It is seldom said that most viruses are parasites with a high capacity for symbiosis. So much so, that many of these viruses end up forming part of our DNA. They are integrated into our cells in such a way that they become part of them. Without going any further, the placenta appeared thanks to the symbiosis that had its origin in an endogenous retrovirus.
It is interesting the biological fact of adaptation by which the two organisms that take part in the symbiosis mutually benefit. In fact, the "new symbiosis" is one of the many hypotheses that are launched from the media and that implies that we will get out of this pandemic by adapting to a new biological order, a new dimension through which we will come to live with others microorganisms , benefiting from them at the same time that they benefit from us. The parasite benefits from the host and vice versa.
The “new symbiosis” thing sounds like a science fiction novel, the genre that the world best contemplates
Put like this, the “new symbiosis” thing sounds like a science fiction novel, the genre that the world best contemplates. Already put, it is convenient to remember the story of Olaf Stapledon titled Maker of stars (Minotaur). In it, we are described what life was like in the low waters of the coasts where two species were facing each other. On the one hand there were the "arachnoids" that were beings that could not spend much time under water and, on the other, there were the "ichthyoids" that could not get out of it. They were not tolerated. They were rivals from the beginning of time. Something crazy, because, as Stapledon tells us, cooperation could be very beneficial for both species, since one of the essential foods of the arachnoids was a parasite of the ichthyoids.
Despite this, the two species fought to exterminate each other . After a time of war, the less warlike members of both species began to discover the benefits of peace, benefiting each other, thus forming “biochemical interdependence.”
Rarely has the story been told like this, in such a fantastic and brilliant way, symbiosis between organisms, because if there is something to be clear about this entire pandemic, it is that the virus that we are suffering is the effect of a symbiotic process that, at the moment, is going through its warlike phase as in the beginning of time in the story of Stapledon, when life flowed in the low waters of the coasts where the “arachnoids” were fighting with the “ichthyoids” because they were not tolerated.
For a long time, the human being has stopped being part of nature, thus losing its organic relationship with it
For a long time, the human being has ceased to be part of nature, thus losing its organic relationship with it. The progress of certain corners of our universe implies the regression of other corners of the same universe. The ravages of ecological devastation are taking their toll on us . That is why such a particular war is developing in our organism.
It is a good time to recover the reading of Star Maker , the beautiful story of Stapledon that constitutes one of the highest peaks of science fiction, and that is projected through the ages to explain how we can overcome our present in a didactic way. As Jorge Luis Borges pointed out, “ Maker of stars is, in addition to a prodigious novel, a probable or plausible system of the plurality of worlds and of their dramatic history.”
El hacha de piedra is a section where Montero Glez , with the will of prose, he exercises his particular siege to scientific reality to show that science and art are complementary forms of knowledge.
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