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Viruses: Back to basics

07
Dec
2016
Viruses: Back to basics

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You may ask: What’s the connection with biological viruses? The analogy is pretty direct — viruses insert their genetic code into the DNA of infected organisms, causing the DNA to reproduce the viruses instead of synthesizing the right proteins, which are vital.

The integrity of information stored in such a way may be threatened by organisms that have specialized in data corruption for billions of years — viruses.

We’re unlikely to see a boom of genetically modified viruses created to hunt coded synthetic DNA. It will simply be easier — for a long time — to modify data and insert malicious code when the data is digital, before it’s written to DNA.

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