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DARPA Budget Funds Synthetic Life

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  • emerson7

    “A genetically encoded kill-switch should something go wrong.” that’s the only thing that scares the hell out of me. what if it’s the kill-switch that goes wrong?

  • Hey, Bob. Good post, as usual. I’m wondering how easy it would be to design the genetic kill-switch so that the same gene or gene-set also governs a highly-conserved trait, so that if the kill-switch mutates, it will disable or kill the organism? Just a thought, and it would probably be a safer bet should someone try to ‘hack’ into its genome by retrovirus or non-bio-nanotech.

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