(This felt really awkward while I was writing it, so let me know if I need to change anything.)RetrovirusesName:
RNA Introducing Retrovirus VectorsManufacturer:
Ezekiel Stoll; Self-employedYear Created:
Vector for Genetic EngineeringAdvantages:
Extremely rapid introduction of foreign RNA, and following that, DNA into the patient's body. Following introduction, the retrovirus changes every cell of the body, or just the target area, into the desired type of cell. Disadvantages:
Massive bio-energy usage. Without enough available nutrients, the cells will attempt the RNA-induced change regardless of anything else, and begin ingesting the body to fulfill their "programming". Almost always illegal.Description:
A pre-existing organism in nature, the retrovirus, a virus by name, has key differences from a normal DNA capsule virus. As the name would suggest, a retrovirus contains RNA instead of DNA, and translates it into DNA when infecting a host cell instead of using DNA to produce proteins, like most viruses. This difference allows for the Retrovirus to overwrite the DNA of a host cell, changing it to the RNA contained with the retrovirus. Using this natural process, scientists were able to insert plasmid vectors into a retrovirus. Reproduction of the target gene retrovirus would follow, and then finally, insertion into a host. Once inside of the host, reproduction occurs in a pattern encoded into their RNA, following only what was pre-written, and changing the DNA of cells to the desired traits. Through this, cell growth and regeneration could be changed at will, all hinging upon the usage of energy by the host. Usually the host must, before accepting the retrovirus, increase their bodies natural metabolism through a much slower retrovirus that absorbs 'food' through natural processes. This allows for the possibility of nutrient solutions, allowing the host's body to survive the faster changes needed for in-combat use, such as the hardening of skin, propagation of muscles, or even creation of new bone or limbs, depending on a carefully measured nutrient solution.