Thursday, February 02, 2006

Hijacking of the brain?

In a recent report from Tech Review called 'Could Terrorists Hijack Your Brain?' the distinct possibility of bioterrorism over the individual is discussed. Here are extracts:

"Most bioweapons research has focused on traditional biological agents, such as anthrax and smallpox. But that focus is dangerously narrow, the report says; emerging technologies in biotechnology and the life sciences could be hijacked to take control of genes, immune systems, and even brains.

Terrorists could also co-opt relatively new technologies, such as synthetic biology, which aims to build organisms that can detect or produce chemicals or perform other functions; and RNA interference, a technique that allows scientists to easily control gene expression."

Again, it comes to the question that those very technologies which seek to liberate us are the same ones that may come to dominate over us. Progress? The Sword of Damocles?

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