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Altering the DNA of a virus to mitigate radiological disasters.

Could the DNA within a virus be altered to attract radioisotopes in sea water?
Could then the imbalance of energy within the materials nucleus be stabilized, thus stopping the release of energy and matter that results from changes in the nucleus of an atom?
Basically a natural “sponge” for lack of a better term, which could be used to mitigate radiological spills and contaminations i.e.; Fukushima nuclear plant, Hanford waste site, etc.

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    Nov 12 2013: This conversation is incredible valid, and actual.
    If you investigate, a little, you will find that the Cesium 137 is reaching the coastal areas of Canada, US & Mexico.
    It is interesting that also, many fisheries, are not getting the usual amount of sea food available as before.
    Also many dolphins, and valuable species are dying brutally.

    So, we may find out that the real cause of this overwhelming situation, is radioactive waters coming from Fukushima.
    The critical situation, is the fact that no government or agency is really paying enough attention to this worldwide problem, which will cause, the cross contamination of the 7 seas…
    If the alteration of DNA would be feasible, maybe by using bacterias, as pointed out by Novad Tropp, in this chat, could be the mitigation effort worth pursuing.

    Thanks Joseph for your concern and dedication.
  • Oct 26 2013: I understand your rebuttal here and appreciate the information.
    After reading how Angela Belcher had experimented with the DNA of a virus in such a manner as to make its outer coating attractive to metal molecules for the purpose of which, she showed, it possible to create both positive and negative components of a simple battery. I questioned if one could “specify” what metals where attracted.
    If man could in fact filter out radioactive particles from our oceans, should we not attempt to overcome the feasibilities of doing so? Realizing this is the billion dollar quest for mankind and highly unlikely to be discussed on any open forum, we collectively should never give up. It is not important that the individuals involved in any such new discoveries be acclaimed in the world’s eyes moreover the science actually being developed and implemented for the continuance of our planet. Our world has no shortage of brilliant minds by which collective collaboration, they (myself certainly not included) could provide a suitable solution to our own past ignorance and subsequent disastrous realities we now face. Boiling water by splitting the atom has shown to be far too catastrophically risky to have ever been considered, much less have developed to have produced conditions we see in our present.
    The village may burn completely thus ceasing to exist from nothing more than a few who could not resist playing with the box of matches given to us by Albert himself.
  • Oct 25 2013: Radioactive materials keep on breaking down and emitting radiation no matter what you do to them. Anything short of messing around with their nucleus is insufficient, and biology doesn't mess around with atomic nuclei. In fact, humans don't do it either outside of nuclear plants, its pretty difficult.

    Filtering radioactive material out of the ocean is theoretically possible (not necessarily feasible, mind), but even once its gathered, the radioactive material will just keep on decomposing.
    Also, you'd have to use bacteria, not viruses. Viruses infect existing cells, they're nothing more than chains of protein when they have nothing to interact with, and can't get much done.