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It bring away 120 trillion cellsto make a human.
They are the an essential unitsof life,
making increase our brain, muscles,organs - every part of us.
In the last decade,
scientists have actually been able to witnesswhat as soon as seemed difficult -
the people inside a human cell.
When ns was a student,
the idea that we can burrow deepinside a living cell to be unthinkable.
Recent breakthroughs have make itso scientists can see inside cells
like never before.
We have the right to see the components of single cellsand how they job-related together.
The an ext we learn around theuniverse, the simpler it seems.
But the cabinet isn't favor that.
The more we uncover out,the more facility things get.
But these beautiful worlds are alsoon the front heat of the longest war
This is a fight that goes backinto the depth of time,
to a time as soon as the earthwas overcame by solitary cellsand viruses.
Every day, ours cells face theseancient virus enemies,
tiny, cruel machinesthat death to reproduce.
There is this entirety mechanism insidecells that space taking out viruses
that formerly we justdidn't know was there.
It is a four-billion-year-oldstruggle that has adjusted the course
of our evolution.
This fight of these virusesagainst your cells,
this amazing, epicscience fiction movie,
it's going on inside your bodyall the time,
and friend don't also know it.
Cells space the basic buildingblocks of life tissue,
and the the smallest unitsof what provides us human.
..beneath the surfaceof every one lies a people stranger
than any type of in science fiction.
A civilization in i beg your pardon a billionmicroscopic machines
all play their part, working inconcert through every second
of our life.
Every one of us in made of 120trillion cells,
and every one of those cellsis different.
But they contain the sameinstructions.
Cells space a bit like babies. Whenthey're born, they all look the same
but lock change very quickly.
In different nations they learnto speak various languages,
and our bodies are choose that- some cells speak heart,
and part cells speak liver.
The workers of this incredibleworld space proteins,
chains of complicated chemicals
that have the right to lock together totransform into spectacular machines.
Others job-related to createincredible structures,
like the internal skeletonthat holds the cell together.
These great trusses space constantlyadjusting come stresses and strains,
building and rebuilding to givethe cabinet its shape and strength.
Then there space the motor-proteins,haulage workers that use
the cell's skeleton together highwaysto deliver food, chemicals
and the essential building materialsof life to wherever they are needed.
They are just one of the astonishingmicro equipments that keep
this bustling ar healthy.
Scientists space asked all the time,how perform things in a cabinet know
how to gain where they're supposedto go to execute their job?
And for certain cells are very chaoticand things are bumping
into every other and also mostof that's simply random.
But enough things gain wherethey're claimed to go
that the entire system works.
And powering every this activityare the cell's strength stations.
Inside this free-floatingstructures referred to as mitochondria,
turbines spin at over 1,000 timesper minute...
..recharging billionsof small chemical batteries.
Everything us do, every heartbeat,
every movement, every thought,
is powered by the battery chargedby these cellular strength stations.
And whatever in this worldworks to a master plan.
And the setup is protecteddeep in the heart of every cell.
The cell nucleus is the vault containingthe instruction manual for life.
DNA is a chain of chemicals,organised into genes.
Each gene hold the instructionsto develop a certain protein.
The twin helix containsover 20,000 instructions
that tell our cell what come makeand when,
how to organise not simply our cells,but our entire bodies.
The double helix has actually becomethe symbol of the 21st century,
and it's pretty exceptional stuff.
There's six feet that DNA in everycell that the body.
And if every one of those bits were collection outin a directly line,
they'd reach to the moonand back thousands the times.
But this an important chain of chemicalswould it is in useless
without an army of microscopicmachines that endlessly travelits length,
repairing it and also transcribing it,
turning the DNA into instructionsthat the cell deserve to understand.
Once a gene has been copied,
the instructions space carriedoutside the nucleus.
Here, mobile factories check out themand turn them right into proteins.
Up to two million different kinds,
each with its own certain shapeand purpose.
And little goes come wastein the cell.
Used and also faulty proteins are taggedfor recycling...
..then chewed personally by powerfulroving shredders dubbed proteasomes,
reducing lock to small buildingblocks for brand-new proteins.
But every cell is likewise partof a broader neighbourhood the cells,
all continuous communicatingwith every other.
Fragments that shredded proteinsare continuous transportedto the surface.
Here, they room presentedfor inspection...
..to it is in monitored through the guardiansof our body's immune system...
..our white blood cells.
These roving soldiers checkthe protein fragments for signs
of damages or infection.
And because that the moment,everything is in order.
Every solitary human cell contains
this human being of breathtakingcomplexity,
organised by the nuclearmachines at its heart,
ceaselessly workingfrom instructionswritten down in our DNA.
But ours cells are underconstant attack,
and this cabinet is around to facean old enemy...
..in an encounter that startswith an event so commonplace...
..you seldom even an alert it.
Every day our bodiesare continuous bombarded
by this invisible critters,
bacteria and viruses.But we have actually our skin,
it's our first line that defencethat keeps them out.
But we have actually Achilles heels - we haveopenings come the outside world,
our mouths, our noses, we touchthings, we rub our lips,
we obstacle our eyes or wipe our nose.They can acquire in.
And as soon as they're in, they're in.
Inhaled from a sneeze,
an alien military is being carriedinto our body.
A million invaders,hellbent on destruction.
This is among our many commonenemies - the adenovirus.
It's a masterpiece that design,
and each one has actually a single aim...
..to breach a cell's defences...
..and with the nucleus.
Once inside, any kind of one that theseviruses deserve to take controlof the cell...
..and give birth 10,000 times over.
The an outcome could it is in anything,
from the typical coldto pneumonia - also death.
But our bodies are prepared.
As the viruses method the cell,
they are met by a cloudof resistance.
Antibodies, Y-shaped proteinsthat identify alien intruders
patrol the space between our cells,
looking because that viruses.
Recognising the invader, castle lockto the virus's armour plating,
shackling them together,making the viruses basic meat
for the white blood cells thatfeed ~ above alien intruders like these.
Antibodies and also white blood cellsform the former line
of our immune system.
The immune systemis certainly amazing,
and the actually advanced to seeinvading microbes
and get rid of them. However that's justone part of your body's defences.
Our DNA encodes every theseother features that aid us
to fight versus virusat every solitary step.
Despite the body's earlyimmune response...
..hundreds of thousands of virusesmake it with to our cell.
But at the surface,they confront their following obstacle...
..the cell's membrane, or skin.
The surface of the cabinet isan amazingly facility place.
There room hundreds, perhaps thousandsof receptor proteins
sticking the end of the cell and also they allhave a unique role to play.
Some of them will certainly be justtransporting information
from external of the cellinto the cell.
Other receptors can bringwhole cargoes in.
The surface ar of every cellis a life barrier,
teeming with security proteinsthat constantly monitor molecules
as lock enter and leave.
Small molecules choose water
and oxygen deserve to simply seepthrough the membrane.
Larger molecules, favor sugar,
are permitted entrythrough specialty pumps.
But the largest deliveriesrequire a special key
before they room allowedinto the cell.
These protein keys are recognisedby groups of mobile sentries
that continually roam the surface.
This advanced system isdesigned to save harmful molecules
out that the cell.
But over billions of yearsof evolution,
the adenovirus has evolvedits very own key,
etched right into the end of theseprojecting fibres.
Antibodies still cling tothe few of these fibres,
blocking many of the counterfeitkeys - however not all.
One through one, sentries every overthe cell's surface room fooled.
And the virus armyquietly slips inside.
In this old battle because that the cell,it's round two to the virus.
So, how far back does the go,this cat and mouse game,
this fight between cellsand viruses?
Every clues suggestsit goes ideal back
to the beginnings of life ~ above Earth.
Wherever life started, veryearly top top there was a divergence,
two different strategiesthat life followed.
One of them to be to becomemore complex, to end up being cells,
to become, ultimately,organisms favor ourselves.
The other method was come remainsimple - to end up being viruses,
and to exploit those cells to theirown ends, to replicate themselves.
Beneath the surface,
the cell prepares come receivethe deadly invaders.
Fooled into thinking the the virusis an essential nutrient,
special proteins slot togetherto kind a spherical mould.
They pinch the end a bubbleof to move membrane,
wrapping the virus inside.
Finally, a different proteinpinches the balloon free,
delivering the virusinto the cell's interior.
Unwittingly, the cellhas simply taken a huge step
towards to its very own downfall.
Every single memberof this invading virus army
has the weaponry come ultimatelydestroy this cell.
Its protein covering is a multi-layeredcloak of deception,
which has actually still more surprisesin store.
And at its heart, it carriesa tiny string of DNA,
its ultimate weapon.
It's a masterpiece that evolutionand design.
And however scientistsstill can't decide
if it's in reality alive or dead.
At the level of large animalslike ourselves,
the difference between living thingsand non-living things
is very obvious.
Come down a level, though, come cells,and it becomes a bit much more ambiguous.
For our own cells, of course,you can still phone call immediately
that they are alive. Come downanother level, though, come the virus,
and it's no longer obviously alive.They don't watch alive.
Yet castle behave perhapsas if they are.
They behave v a sense of purpose.
A virus isn't strictly alive,
it can't make more of itselfon that is own.
It only have the right to replicate if it usesparts the it hijacks indigenous a cell.
But the cell still has actually a formidablearray that defences
to keep these killing machinesat bay.
Every delivery that the cellreceives is taken
to a sorting station,called an endosome.
Endosomes process incomingsupplies and decide where
inside the cellthey will be delivered.
The an initial step of the processis to break them down.
The virus military is aboutto be digested.
The walls of the sortingstations are fitted
with specialty protein pumps.
The pumps attract in one-of-a-kind atoms,
turning the within of the endosomeinto an acid bath.
The mountain breaks down largenutrients right into smaller molecules
that are simpler for the cellto transport and use.
And as the acid eats awayat the virus's external shell,
it starts to break apart.
This must spell disasterfor the adenovirus.
But the mountain is partof its escape plan.
The virus fibres room the firstto rest away.
But their disintegrationreleases a one-of-a-kind protein
hidden inside the virus...
..that targets the wallof the sorting station...
..tearing the membrane apartand setting the virus free.
But not every virus escapes.
Many still lug antibodieslocked to their surface.
Their main job was to alertthe immune device to intruders,
but your firm grip now tiesthe shell together.
The fibres cannot rest free,
and the escape protein staystrapped within the shell.
Countless viruses are consumed awaybefore they can escape.
But sufficient are released.
Now over there is nothingbetween this viruses
and the cell nucleus of the cabinet -their can be fried goal.
Yet although castle are just fivemicrometres from their target...
..most can as wellbe a million miles away.
For 90% of the army,the intrusion will end here,
floating helplessly beneaththe surface.
Although they space surroundedby the continuous bustleof moving activity,
the inert invaders have actually no wayof moving themselves.
And they have no way of utilisingthe power generated
by the cells' floatingpower stations...
Inside every mitochondrion, thefood us eat and also the air us breathe
drives countless turbines thatcontinually recharge billions
of tiny batteries.
But what is evenmore extraordinary
is that researchers believethat mitochondria were oncesimple cells themselves.
Then lock one to be swallowedby another cell,
firing one of the greatestleaps in advancement -
To be facility at all,you must have all this machinery,
all these proteins encoded through genes.
And come support every one of that requiresa incredible amount the energy.
All complicated life sharea single common ancestor,
and that ancestor occurred just oncein four billion years
of life ~ above Earth.
For 2 to three billion yearsit was bacteria and nothing else,
and then this facility cell arose.
One an easy cell got insideanother straightforward cell,
it's a an extremely rare occasion in itself.
And when this happened, it transformsthe energetic possibilities that life.
Without that energy,evolution might never have actually produced
the astonishing diversityof life that us see about us.
Without that energy,we wouldn't see plants and animals,
we wouldn't see ourselves. The worldwould it is in an virtually sterile desert.
Throughout each cell, hundredsof mitochondria feed power to power
the network of protein that make usthe facility creatures that we are.
The virus has actually evolvedinto a design of efficiency.
But the simplicity the its designmakes it useless
without the machineryof facility life.
But just beneath the surface,large numbers of engine proteins,
molecular haulage workers,
await nutrients processedfor delivery by the endosomes.
And in this billion-yeararms race...
..the virus has evolvedthe an exact mechanism
to affix to the cell'smotor proteins.
Now it have the right to use the energyof the mitochondria.
The virus is on its way.
It has actually hijacked the cell'sown transfer system,
and is being carried towardsthe nucleus and its ultimate prize,
the DNA makers it needsto take manage of the cell.
These microscopic motorised legsare a wonder that the natural world.
Slowed under to one-thirtiethof their common speed,
their activity is clearly visible.
But at your actual speed,over 100 measures a second,
they would appear a blur.
But speed isn't everything.
Cells space densely packed,
and their internal highwaysare littered v obstacles.
And these motor proteinscan only move in one direction.
For this virus, it seemsto it is in the end of the road.
But scientists have recentlydiscovered the virus locks on
to a 2nd motor protein.
And this one is developed to movein the opposite direction.
Together, the 2 motor proteinscan navigate
around practically any obstacles.
And once again,the invader benefits.
The virus is top top the move again.
And it leads an army of hundreds.
It's been nearly an hour because theadenovirus an initial attacked the cell.
The cell nucleus is justone much more hour away.
Until recently, scientists thoughtthat as soon as the viral army
was on the march,nothing can stop it.
But then they found that the cellhas the own inner immune system.
There is this whole mechanism insidecells that room taking the end viruses
that previously we justdidn't recognize was there.
And ns remember the daywe published the document about it,
I woke as much as hear it being announcedon the nationwide radio
and then went into a shopto choose up the newspapers
to find it was on the former page.
Dotted along the cell'shighway system,
a unique protein searchesfor anything delivering antibodies
from the surface.
The clever thing about thisprotein is it provides systems
that the cell currently has in place.
Once it's grounding to the antibody,
it sends signals to a cellularmachine dubbed the proteasome.
And the proteasome dram the roleof recycling protein in the cell.
It gets carried along come the virusand the destroys the virus,
breaking down all that is partsinto tiny fragments.
Once attached, the defence proteininitiates a chain reaction,
attracting specialisedtagging proteins.
Together, they note the virusfor destruction.
Then it's just a issue of time...
..before the recyclers arrive.
They rip the virus to shreds.
Somewhere inside her body,this fight is raging right now.
The exploration of TRIM21provides potentially new ways
of make therapeuticsto fight viruses,
and one method this can work is if wefind ways of encouraging the immunesystem to make an ext TRIM21.
So as soon as the virus entersinto the cell, the TRIM21 is ready
to recognise the antibodiesand ruin the virus.
By working together, the defenceproteins and recycling shredders
can ruin an military of virusesin simply a couple of hours.
But it just takes a solitary virusto take regulate of whole cell...
..spreading infectionthroughout the body.
With no antitoxin attached,
this virus has actually evadedthe cell's shredders.
Nothing currently stands between itand the target.
The virus is now just one thousandthof a millimetre indigenous the nucleus.
But if it is to achieve its ultimategoal, it first has to obtain inside.
Compared to the cell,the virus is tiny.
But yes, really they're simply differentversions that the very same machine,
and its only job is to copy itself.
But the virus needs to takeadvantage that our cell mechanism
for its very own selfish ends.
At the love of every celllies the nucleus,
and it is a world every one of its own.
Its surface ar is make of the samemolecules as the cabinet membrane.
But entry right into this worldis administrate by completelydifferent gateways.
Across the surface,
protein arms find for moleculesto draw inside nuclear pores.
Through these gateways,billions of chemical messages
and instructions happen betweenthe DNA and the cell.
But just if they space recognisedby the protein arms.
But once again, the viral shellcarries a counterfeit pass.
The arms lock on, but the virus istoo huge to it is in ferried inside.
Thinking that they have actually hitan obstruction...
..the motor proteins shuntthe virus right into reverse.
Pulled in 2 directions...
..the virus is ripped apart.
But what looks like a catastrophefor the virus is, in fact,its masterstroke.
Now the solitary strand of DNA it heldinside is lugged through the pore,
and into the cell's regulate centre.
Inside the human cell nucleusthere are about 23,000 genes.
They password for thousands and also thousandsof biochemical pathways.
The virus has actually just gained 40,
but v those 40it deserve to do exceptional things.
It's therefore tiny, just a piece of DNA,
a couple of protein to makeits shell, and also yet it can take over
and wreak destruction in a hugehuman cell.
The adenovirus has proven itselfa master of deception...
..continually exploiting the cell'sprocesses to more its owndeadly aims.
But its greatest trickis however to come.
The cell's DNA machines haveno way of informing the difference
between its very own DNAand the DNA the the virus.
Blindly, they collection aboutconverting its deadly code
into countless instructionsfor the cell to action upon...
..blueprints because that the cell'sown destruction.
But the devices that turnthe blueprints right into proteins
lie external the nucleus.
Out in the main body of the cell,the instructions room met
by a squadron of mobile proteinfactories, referred to as ribosomes.
The ribosomes specifically followthe instruction
and start to constructviral proteins.
Each is very closely foldedinto a specific shape,
with a distinct job come do.
These large cellular machines,ribosomes, are absolutely fundamental
to life, and also very similar formsof castle are found in every type
of living cabinet on the planet.
They check out the hereditary informationand lock decode it,
bringing in the building blocksthat comprise proteins
and sticking them together to makethese sensible molecules
that space going come workinside the living cell.
Only these useful molecules
are the kit of parts neededto develop an foe army.
But the military will notbe constructed out here.
The raw product for the brand-new armyis drawn ago inside the nucleus...
..ready for construction.
With that is mission reachingits climax,
the virus transforms its attentionto the cell's DNA,
halting any procedure it doesn't need.
The virus has takencomplete control.
And yet the cabinet still hasa tiny window the opportunity.
Before all normal task stops,
it has actually just enough time to senda blog post to the outside world.
This parcel has fragmentsof the famous army.
The package mergeswith the cell membrane,
and the enemy fragmentsare thrust to the surface,
flags warning the the invasionthat has taken place.
If patrolling white blood cellsspot the distress signal...
..they will ruin the cell, alongwith the whole alien military inside.
If not, the epidemic willspread from cabinet to cell, come cell.
After just one day of occupation,
the virus has complete controlover the cell.
With regimen maintenance halted,the cell has actually started come decay.
And all task is now focusedon structure the brand new viral army
inside the nucleus.
The brand-new army self-assembles.
How execute viruses know just how toinvade ours cells, how to break
and go into the cell nucleus itself?
We recognize that viruses and cellsco-evolved together over lengthy periodsof time, however it's an ext than that.
We're in reality surprisinglyclosely related.
It turns out that the virusesthat attack us
are actually made from bitsand pieces of our own cells.
As ours cells to be evolving,
as ours nucleus itself to be firstcoming to be,
so this viruses were cobbledtogether indigenous bits and pieces,
and they can strike our nucleus
because they're madeof the very same stuff.
Already built into the surfaceare the binding sites
for the cell's motorised legs.
Fibres snap right into place,
arming every virus with the keysto enter other cells.
But this shells are harmlesswithout that is instructions.
The last component is loaded -identical copies
of the virus's fatal DNA.
Carried by an effective motors,
long strands of DNA space fedinto every single virus.
All this is the resultof one single virus
getting through our cell's defences.
It's been two dayssince the virus gone into the body,
and the nucleus, as soon as the centreof cellular organisation,
now harbours an army of10,000 deadly viruses.
But before it canbegin that is conquest,
it has to overcome two barriers.
The army is trapped insidethe tough nuclear membrane,
held in ~ the centreof the cell itself.
And then there is the skinof the cell itself.
The protein factories outsidethe nucleus room instructed
to build viral saboteurs.
The an initial are releasedinto the disk cell
and target the cytoskeleton.
The effects are cataclysmic.
the cell starts come collapse.
Now the virus transforms its attentionto the atom membrane.
A second protein is released.
Called the Adenovirus fatality Protein,it burrows into the membrane...
..and weakens it.
The nucleus can no longer containthe bulging army.
Beyond the nucleus,the cell is a wasteland...
..unrecognisable fromthe harmonious, buzzing community
of simply 48 hrs ago.
The cell is now completely helplessto prevent the virus army
from flooding intosurrounding tissue...
..attacking adjoining cells
and spreading infectionthroughout the body.
The battle for this cabinet is over.
But the war has actually only simply begun.
While the virus has been busyinside the cell,
our antibodies have adaptedand now come ago in force,
carrying new receptors, tailor-madeto lock top top the escaping army.
Yet even in these numbers,they cannot avoid every virus.
But they are not alone.
The cell's dying article tothe outside human being was not in vain.
Giant white blood cell flockto the stricken cell
to devour the escaping hordes.
They too space learning exactly how to tacklethis particular invader.
Once the virus has actually been detectedby the immune system,
there's a heightened levelof protection inside her body,
and among the outcomes of this isthat the cells the make antibodies,
and do the best antibodyfor the virus,
will make several copiesof themselves,
and climate they will begin pumping outup come 5,000 antibodies every second
to flood her bloodstream,the spaces between your cells,
so as the viruses emergefrom dice cells,
they can obtain tagged through antibodies,then ruined by white blood cells.
Taking no chances,
white blood cells engulf nearbycells the may have been infected.
Meanwhile, surrounding healthy and balanced cellsmake the can be fried sacrifice,
destroying us to stopthe spread of the virus.
It is only at this stagethat us become mindful of the battle
taking location inside us.
Increasing blood flow bringsmore white blood cellsto the battleground,
causing our nasal tissueto become inflamed.
What us feel is a blocked sleep is,in fact, the clearest sign
of a viral onslaught.
Once you've had actually an infection,
one cell, that makes the antibodyfor that infection, will be kept
inside your bone marrowfor the remainder of her life.
So the if you ever before get anotherinfection with the same virus,
the immune system already knowshow to respond,
it knows what antibody to makeand it have the right to respond really quicklyand stop you obtaining sick.
Working together, the body's immunesystem finally prevents
the viral infection from spreading.
It's one much more battlein an infinite war.
The struggle in between virusesand oneself is evolution,
but it's co-evolution -both sides need to change.
It's a little like one arms race -one party gets better weapons,
the other party has actually to enhance them.
Even though the separation, personal, instance cellsare fighting this epic battle
against viruses, remember,you have trillions of cells.
And so even if one cabinet losesits war, most of the moment theorganism wins and also we gain better.
The war is over.
Although countless cells have been lost,
there are many much more healthy cellswaiting to replace them.
And in ~ the heart of every one liesan the same copy of our DNA.
Inherited from our parents,
and your parentsover plenty of generations,
our DNA connects us to a household treethat stretches back
over three billion years,to the very very first cell...
..a cell that existed lengthy beforehumans, long prior to mammals,
long prior to the dinosaurs.
It's a lineage that associate usto every life creatureand plant on Earth.