Designer Diseases?

John Gentile yjgent at home.com
Fri Aug 10 20:36:07 EST 2001

Sounds like another superior race type thing! The problem with bacterial
diseases is that there is only 1 human species - so the bacteria will infect
both the target and the attacker.

It's ideas like this that send the anti science groups to riot!

John Gentile                                    Rhode Island Apple Group
yjgent at home.com                                      President
 "I never make mistakes, I only have unexpected learning opportunities"

> From: whuffman at aol.com (Wordly Huffman)
> Organization: mail2news at dizum.com
> Newsgroups: sci.bio.microbiology,bionet.microbiology
> Date: 7 Aug 2001 15:46:54 -0000
> Subject: Designer Diseases?
> As somebody whose science knowledge comes from reading Popular Science
> magazine and an occasional newspaper, it's my impression that
> biologists can now root around in the dna of a cell, snipping bits out
> and inserting other bits, pretty much like editing a text file with a
> word processor.
> Have things gotten to the point where biologists can change a
> bacterium or virus so that it will become active only if certain
> characteristics exist in the host? So that, for example, if somebody
> wanted to diminish the number of blue-eyed people, he could alter some
> deadly disease so that it did its work only in blue-eyed people?
> If the state of the art isn't that far advanced, how soon will it be?
> If it can be done now, what kind of resources does it take: those of a
> rogue state? a terrorist group? a single mad scientist?

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