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'Virus' soon to control human brains?

Posted: 16 Dec 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:virus  human minds 

Many think that 'Synthetic biology' is still in its infancy; but Andrew Hessel of Singularity University on Nasa's research campus, has some other version to say. According to him, experts working in this field believe that 'Synthesis biology' is growing at a pace that is much faster than today's computer technologies; "this could even lead to development of virus that could control human minds."

Hessel claims the day is not far when hackers could engineer viruses or bacteria to control human minds. "This is one of the most powerful technologies in the world. Synthetic biology—the writing of life. I advocate that cells are living computers and DNA is a programming language," DailyMail quoted Andrew Hessel as saying.

Hessel predicts a world where prople can "print DNA, and even decode it." On the other hand, that this can also be used to solve global challenges so that humanity can achieve a sustainable relationship within the biosphere, he claims.

He even warned that viruses and bacteria send chemicals to human brains; and thus, could someday be used to influence, or control them. In addition, Hessel warns "people may have to learn how to counterattack against such weapons."

Synthetic biology is a new area of biological research that combines science and engineering. It encompasses a variety of different approaches, methodologies, and disciplines with a variety of definitions. What they all have in common, however, is that they see synthetic biology as the design and construction of new biological functions and systems not found in nature. [Source: Wikipedia]

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