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Man-made viruses

Hawking warns that genetically engineered viruses could wipe out entire populations.

Man-made viruses.

Genes operate in ways that are not fully understood. Modifying one part of DNA doesn’t always have the intended result — instead, it can create other unintended consequences, like the development of uncontrollable viruses.

It could be only a matter of time before antibiotic-resistant viruses that we never imagined could exist actually develop, Hawking says.

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