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Offline NotLegalTender

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Transferring the entire genome of an organism via viruses
« on: June 21, 2015, 04:11:06 AM »
Would it be possible, to create a bot that steals genes from other bots, via viruses? My idea would involve the creation of two viruses. The first virus would be shot from the thief bot, which will then hit the target. Once the target has been infected, it will produce another virus, this time containing the genome of the organism. This virus will fire back at the thief, giving it the genes from the bot. The virus that is still in the targeted bot will fire multiple times and cause the host to follow the thief while firing the virus, until it dies. Once the new genome is inside of the thief, the virus responsible for this will become inactive in the thief, leaving behind only the newly acquired genes, so a thief could say, steal the genome of a plant and produce chloroplasts. When the thief finds another bot it wants to steal from, it will start all over again, so as long as it is an entirely new species.

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Re: Transferring the entire genome of an organism via viruses
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 07:17:56 AM »
Would it be possible, to create a bot that steals genes from other bots, via viruses? My idea would involve the creation of two viruses. The first virus would be shot from the thief bot, which will then hit the target. Once the target has been infected, it will produce another virus, this time containing the genome of the organism. This virus will fire back at the thief, giving it the genes from the bot. The virus that is still in the targeted bot will fire multiple times and cause the host to follow the thief while firing the virus, until it dies. Once the new genome is inside of the thief, the virus responsible for this will become inactive in the thief, leaving behind only the newly acquired genes, so a thief could say, steal the genome of a plant and produce chloroplasts. When the thief finds another bot it wants to steal from, it will start all over again, so as long as it is an entirely new species.

It could, though you have to make sure you know the DNA length of the victim, and the gene the virus is in. Now probably a more efficient system would be transferring multiple genes from your own DNA into the victim, and delete the rest of the victims DNA. (The deleting DNA was easily done by my virus, im not sure if the virus gene remained inside the bot though.) Pretty much, you delete most of their DNA, then force them to just shoot energy shots at you to feed you...
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