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Can Computer Viruses Be Domesticated to Serve Mankind?

John Markoff
The New York Times
ISSN 0362-4331
October 1991

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[...] Biologists have learned to harness viruses to create vaccines and, in recent years, to reprogram faulty chromosomes by using viruses to smuggle new genes into cells. Now a small but growing group of computer scientists is examining the possibility of designing computer viruses and similar programs called worms to burrow into computer networks and set in motion a whole range of beneficial activities. [...]

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