Natures wonders: bacteria control insect reproduction (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Friday, March 03, 2017, 00:45 (1218 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID’s comment: Evolution has resulted in some strange arrangements. This one is not fully understood and I've left out the genome research which is incomplete. But what has happened is that the Wolbachia have found a comfortable home in most insects to continue their lifestyle. why they interfere with reproduction is still not fully understood. I have no idea if God played a role because we don't know if any purpose is present.

dhw: If they have found a comfortable home, I would regard that as a purpose in itself. All living organisms have the purpose of survival. You have always been resolute in your insistence that other organisms have to be guided or preprogrammed by your God with all their innovations, lifestyles and natural wonders, and that since bacteria do not have a brain they are incapable of working anything out for themselves. I’m therefore a little surprised and quite excited that you now think they may have worked out this mode of survival without any input from your God.

They found a comfortable accepting home as you say. Since infections occur, it may have happened by chance. we don't know if God has a role, since we don't understand the process or see if purpose might be inferred. I equate God's role as being discovered if showing a purpose appears to be present, i.e., the arrival of humans with their giant brain. What infers some purpose is that so many insects are infected. Either the infections occur easily or God may be involved.

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