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Designer Diseases?

Marko Gogala mgogala at iskon.hr
Wed Aug 15 11:16:24 EST 2001


but it's still posible to construct a virus that would attack people with
genetic differences,like racial,national,sexual...,maybe even eye
color.Besides,one of the several genes that encode eye color can be used,the
one that codes the difference.
"John Gentile" <yjgent at home.com> wrote in message
news:B79F3E21.26CE%yjgent at home.com...
> But you've just reinforced my argument. These viruses can affect a whole
> species - mice and not other rodents. A human pathogen would then infect
> humans and not other primates.
>
> I think the "appearance genes" (such as eye color) are probably coded by
> several different genes making the viruses job much harder.
>
> --
> John Gentile                                    Rhode Island Apple Group
> yjgent at home.com                                      President
>  "I never make mistakes, I only have unexpected learning opportunities"
>
> > From: "Marko Gogala" <mgogala at iskon.hr>
> > Organization: Iskon Internet d.d.
> > Newsgroups: sci.bio.microbiology,bionet.microbiology
> > Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 01:40:37 +0200
> > Subject: Re: Designer Diseases?
> >
> > Bacteria wouldn't work with blue-eyed people,because bacteria ren't very
> > much affected by genetic differences that small.A virus is a completly
> > different thing.It is possible to construct a virus that iserts it's
genome
> > between the eye-color genome and it's neighbour and could only do that
if
> > the eye-color genome coded blue eyes.This is already being done,but not
for
> > people.Viruses that kill rats or myce,but don't affect other roden'ts
have
> > been constructed.
>





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