Ciro Santilli
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Synthetic virus | 🗖 nosplit | ↑ parent "Species bootstrapping from DNA" | 109

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Man-made virus!
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TODO: if we had cheap de novo DNA synthesis, how hard would it be to bootstrap a virus culture from that? https://github.com/cirosantilli/cirosantilli.github.io/issues/60
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Is it easy to transfect a cell with the synthesized DNA, and get it to generate full infectious viral particles?
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If so, then de novo DNA synthesis would be very similar to 3D printed guns: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printed_firearms.
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It might already be possible to order dissimulated sequences online:
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Video 120. VICE News: "3D Printed Guns Are Easy To Make And Impossible To Stop (HBO)" published on Aug 10, 2018. Source.
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