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Hacking the People’s DNA

 
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Hacking the People’s DNA
Here's a summing-up from a 2012 long article but worth reading it entirely:


The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama.

Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information.

In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.

In 2008, casual DNA-design competitions with small prizes arose.

In 2011, with the launch of GE’s $100 million breast-cancer challenge, the field moved on to serious contests.

By early 2015, as personalized gene therapies for end-stage cancer became medicine’s cutting edge, virus-design Web sites began appearing, where people could upload information about their disease and virologists could post designs for a customized cure.

Diagnostic agents, vaccines, antimicrobials, even designer psychoactive drugs—all appeared on the menu. What people did with these bio-designs was anybody’s guess. No international body had yet been created to watch over them.

According to a 2010 release of secret cables by WikiLeaks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed our embassies to surreptitiously collect DNA samples from foreign heads of state and senior United Nations officials.

Bill Gates in a recent interview, told a reporter that if he were a kid today, forget about hacking computers: he’d be hacking biology.


An October 2011 report by the WMD Center,said a terrorist-sponsored WMD strike somewhere in the world was probable by the end of 2013—and that the weapon would most likely be biological.
As DNA synthesis technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, it will soon become feasible to synthesize nearly any virus whose DNA sequence has been decoded… as well as artificial microbes that do not exist in nature.

Forty nations now host synbio research, China among them. The Beijing Genomics Institute, founded in 1999, is the largest genomic-research organization in the world, sequencing the equivalent of roughly 700,000 human genomes a year. BGI claimed to have more sequencing capacity than all U.S. labs combined. BGI hires thousands of bright young researchers each year.Some of those jobs will undoubtedly appear in countries not yet on the synbio radar. Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan will almost certainly be hiring.

The delivery of this sort of biological agent would be very difficult to detect. Viruses are tasteless and odorless and easily aerosolized. They could be hidden in a perfume bottle; a quick dab on the attacker’s wrist in the general proximity of the target is all an assassination attempt would require. If the pathogen were designed to zero in specifically on the president’s DNA, then nobody else would even fall ill. No one would suspect an attack until long after the infection.

Several viruses are already known to spark cancers. New ones could eventually be designed to infect the brain with, for instance, synthetic schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or Alzheimer’s.
A disease engineered to amplify the production of cortisol and dopamine could induce extreme paranoia, turning, say, a peace-seeking dove into a warmongering hawk. Or a virus that boosts the production of oxytocin, the chemical likely responsible for feelings of trust, could play hell with a leader’s negotiating abilities. Some of these ideas aren’t new. As far back as 1994, the U.S. Air Force’s Wright Laboratory theorized about chemical-based pheromone bombs.

In 2008, some 14,000 people were working in U.S. labs with access to seriously pathogenic materials; we don’t know how many tens of thousands more are doing the same overseas. Outside those labs, the tools and techniques of genetic engineering are accessible to many other people.

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hmm I wonder if this happened to Boris Johnson, Rand Paul & the other high profiles too.

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Using viruses as nanomedicines
"The field of nanomedicine involves the design and fabrication of novel nanocarriers for the intracellular delivery of therapeutic cargo or for use in molecular diagnostics.
[...] Inherently biodegradable, the outer capsids of viruses are composed entirely of protein building blocks, which can be genetically or chemically engineered with molecular imaging reagents, targeting ligands and therapeutic molecules. While there are several examples of viruses as in vitro molecular cargo carriers"

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All the World Leaders Who've Tested Positive for Covid:19



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As reported in the journal Trends in Microbiology, a virus that first infected our ancestors 100 million years ago – during the heyday time of the dinosaurs – stayed with us, all throughout the extinction of the reptilian beasts and the evolution of primates. Today, it’s a human gene that is expressed in embryos and cancers. It can even be found in the blood of pregnant women.

These genomic invaders are known as human endogenous retroviruses, or HERVs. Importantly, they no longer behave as viruses, in that their genetic material – RNA, a “cousin” to DNA – has been subsumed within our genome. This now gets passed down to our children, if we choose to have them.

Sometimes, researchers find fragments of viral DNA within our genome, but on occasion, entire sequences are discovered.

These ancient viruses all appear to be retroviruses. They infect their host cells by inserting a DNA replica of their RNA into the genome. Normally this causes a problem – as the human immunodeficiency virus does today – but it appears that sometimes the infection can be innocuous, at least during the viral infection stage.

This new viral remnant means that, by the latest estimate, 8 percent of our entire genomes are comprised of ancient viruses. Tantalizingly, we have no definitive idea of what they do.


I have speculated that with the advancement of agi today and the ancient megalithic architecture that cannot be replicated by machine technology today, that viruses are some form of technology created.
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An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

That's because viruses aren't just critters that try to make a home in a body, the way bacteria do. Instead, as Live Science has previously reported, a virus is a genetic parasite. It injects its genetic code into its host's cells and hijacks them, turning them to its own purposes — typically, that means as factories for making more viruses. This process is usually either useless or harmful to the host, but every once in a while, the injected viral genes are benign or even useful enough to hang around. The 2016 review found that viral genes seem to play important roles in the immune system, as well as in the early days of embryo development.

But the new papers take things a step further. Not only is an ancient virus still very much active in the cells of human and animal brains, but it seems to be so important to how they function that processes of thought as we know them likely never would have arisen without it, the researchers said.

The Arc gene

Shortly after a synapse fires, the viral gene known as Arc comes to life, writing its instructions down as bits of mobile genetic code known as RNA, the researchers found. (A synapse is the junction between two neurons.)

RNA is DNA's messenger and agent in the world outside the cell's nucleus. A single-strand copy of code from DNA's double helix, it carries genetic instructions to places they can be useful. (And, interestingly, viruses tend to store their genetic code in RNA, rather than in DNA.)

Following the Arc RNA's instructions, the nerve cell builds "capsids" — virus-like envelopes — around it. Those envelopes let it travel safely between cells, and it does just that, entering neighboring neurons and passing its packet of genetic information along to them, according to the studies.

It's still unclear what that information does when it arrives in a new cell, but the researchers found that without the process functioning properly, synapses wither away. And problems with the Arc gene tend to show up in people with autism and other atypical neural conditions, the researchers said.






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