Archief voor 30 oktober 2012

By ANDREW HESSELMARC GOODMAN and STEVEN KOTLER

The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.

This is how the future arrived. It began innocuously, in the early 2000s, when businesses started to realize that highly skilled jobs formerly performed in-house, by a single employee, could more efficiently be crowd-sourced to a larger group of people via the Internet. Initially, we crowd-sourced the design of T‑shirts (Threadless.com) and the writing of encyclopedias (Wikipedia.com), but before long the trend started making inroads into the harder sciences. Pretty soon, the hunt for extraterrestrial life, the development of self-driving cars, and the folding of enzymes into novel proteins were being done this way. With the fundamental tools of genetic manipulation—tools that had cost millions of dollars not 10 years earlier—dropping precipitously in price, the crowd-sourced design of biological agents was just the next logical step.

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Volgens The Atlantic verzamelt de Amerikaanse overheid in het geheim het DNA van wereldleiders om specifieke biowapens te ontwikkelen die alleen deze leiders uitschakelen en anderen die ermee in contact komen hooguit een beetje ziek maken. Het DNA van president Barack Obama zou zelfs nu al beschermd worden tegen een aanval met een dergelijk wapen.