Re: Bioplague [has Tom Clancy spoilers]

Duane Hewitt (
Sun, 10 Oct 1999 08:08:32 -0400

> Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 12:22:08 -0700 (PDT)
> From: "Robert J. Bradbury" <>
> Subject: Re: Bioplague [has Tom Clancy spoilers]

> You would be able to do it with nanobots because you can do "nuclear
> abortions" (removing all the existing DNA from the nucleus of a cell
> and replace it with new DNA).
> Robert

You could actually swap genomes today using nuclear transfer as per Dolly if you had the genome coded and ready. There would not be much point though because your new organism would be based on the blueprint of the introduced genome and the only differences that might arise would be due to genes coded in the mitochondria.

BTW what if you could deliver a protein to every tissue of the body via an aerosol. Sound like science fiction or future nanotech? It is possible today through protein transduction. This breakthrough technology is being developed as an AIDS therapy and as a tool for basic research. If you would like to learn more about it swing on over to

Duane Hewitt