Synthetic biology “breakthrough” could allow your body’s cells to be hacked with BIO-MALWARE that takes over cellular function

Friday, October 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Tracey Watson
Friday, October 06, 2017

It seems like with every modern scientific “breakthrough” we become more vulnerable as a species. The latest such leap for mankind was announced recently in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, and involves programming cells to fight diseases like cancer and the flu. The research team, led by Professor Alfonso Jaramillo of the University of Warwick, claims that this new technology can also be harnessed to reverse agricultural issues, while strengthening plants against pest issues and making them more resilient in general.

While this all sounds good on the surface, all genetic engineering carries an element of risk, and this particular type of meddling could make us vulnerable to being hacked with bio-malware that could take control of all the cellular functioning of our bodies.

Just like computers, cells can be programmed to respond to specific codes and instructions.

Programming cells just like a computer

The research team focused on manipulating Ribonucleic acid (RNA) – a common molecule produced by plants, animals and humans – to create “sequences of commands” which can program cells to perform certain functions, just as a programmer would when creating computer software.

Science Daily reports:

The researchers made their invention by first modelling all possible RNA sequence interactions on a computer, and then constructing the DNA encoding the optimal RNA designs, to be validated on bacteria cells in the laboratory.

After inducing the bacterial cells to produce the genetically engineered RNA sequences, the researchers observed that they had altered the gene expression of the cells according to the RNA program — demonstrating that cells can be programmed with pre-defined RNA commands, in the manner of a computer’s microprocessor.

Professor Jaramillo, and his team of course, hope that this scientific breakthrough will be used for good – detecting and correcting abnormal states within the cells, triggering developmental programs, and reversing infection.

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