Originally posted by wlee15
There are only about 30000 genes in the human genome which means there isn't a single marker gene for a single person or a race. Even if you find a
pattern of genes that may be exclusive to a single race, how would you determine if that pattern isn't found elsewhere, or conversly if the pattern
was found in a small section of the race. In addition how would said virus know what it is looking for? Would the virus enter the body, destroy a cell
to get at the proteins, somehow examine the DNA while comparing it to a copy that they trying to find, and then actually doing something to the person
in case of a match.
Although the completion of the Human Genome Project was celebrated in April 2003 and sequencing of the human chromosomes (1–22, X, and Y) is
essentially "finished," the exact number of genes encoded by the genome is still unknown
Estimated only about 30,000 to 40,000 protein-coding genes. 35,000 you be a better estimate.
You only need one marker gene for something like this to theoreticaly work. I could take say the Gene that gives a person Blue eyes or green eyes if I
wanted to kill large amount of white people and leave black people pretty much untouched. How many black people have you seen with blue and green eyes
naturally? People all dont look the same thats because of genes you would just need to find a marker or a pattern of markers.
BERKELEY, California -- It took Adam Arkin and David Schaffer just $200,000 and a grad student to develop a potential treatment for AIDS. And that
That's because the therapy itself is a virus. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory assistant professors created a virus altered to latch onto
HIV and mute its ability to become AIDS. They've tested the theory in a computer model, and in cells in a dish. The results have been promising, and
if they continue in that vein, the researchers could begin animal testing by the end of this year.
Arkin said this week at the International Biotech Summit at the University of California at Berkeley that it was almost too easy for him and his
colleagues (Schaffer and then-grad student Leor Weinberger) to build the anti-HIV virus.
Well, maybe not anyone. After all, Arkin, Schaffer and Weinberger, who was lead author on their Journal of Virology paper (reg. required) outlining a
mathematic model of the system, are not your run-of-the-mill lab jockeys.
Still, bad guys can be brilliant, too, which is even more reason for the good guys to understand new biotechnologies as thoroughly as possible.
"The genie is out of the bottle, so we might as well study these things in earnest," Arkin said in an interview.
Thats what people could do with $200,000 and a grad student. Designer virus are indeed real.