Nucleic terror coincides with the potential threat of the enemy within, the dissipation of homeostatic immunity in the microsphere of contagion. This terror of the microbial war machine has spread a contagious paranoia of the organism: if the enemy is within us then the enemy is everywhere and everyone - nowhere and no one - a mad proliferation of contagion. Yet we think that microterror is now tending towards a new state of intensified terror or nanoterror: no longer nucleic terror in the face of symbiotic bacterial colonies. Nanoterror encompasses microbial colonies themselves. It coincides with the threat of assembling nano-particles designed to reprogram the bacterial communication network itself. No longer the terror of participating in the bacterial phylum, facing the enemy within the immune system itself. Nano-programming matter now threatens to reengineer bacterial colonies themselves. Nanoterror is the affect of nano-design on the bacterial body itself, its confrontation with its own virtual becoming. We suggest that microterror will soon give way to nanoterror: the nano-modulation of contagious life through the nano-engineering of
new vaccines, antibiotic chemistry and smart bio-molecular sensor devices aiming to reprogram the bacterial and nucleic communication networks. Here nanoterror coincides with a virtual microwar: the potential breeding of new microbial cities, colonies of superbugs and biochemical weapons. As such, it is the ultimate tendency of pre-emptive power. It implies the ultimate elimination not of competitors - bacterial and nucleic organization - immune and non-immune responses - but of competition itself, relying on the smart redesigning of the bacterial network. Nanoterror will then feed on the cooperative behavior of bacterial colonies - the engineers of slimy architectures of the anterior future - as the redesigned particles can spread across the microbial phylum by means of contagion. This is no longer then a question of life and death, fear of human extinction and self-destruction. It is a question of redesigning biotic life no longer by simulating patterns of communication in bacterial colonies to produce pro- and antibiotics, but by deriving these patterns from assembling nano-particles. Nanoterror marks a new threshold of molecular variation, encompassing symbiotic evolution itself. It marks a break from a harmonious order or chaotic disorder, good and bad nature, pro-biotic and antibiotic life. 3. Conclusion In summary, we propose an understanding of bioterrorism which is reducible neither to a dystopia of human destruction, nor to a harmonious utopia of probiotic life. In terms of symbiotic evolution, the abolition of competition between human and bacteria does not eliminate warfare. Rather the impending nanoterror, and the intensified fear it produces across the bacterial body itself, expose human evolution to the nano-rubbing of matter. Nanoterror affects the human security system as the immanent threat to reengineer biotic life across scales, opening up biotic evolution to unprecedented mutations. Nanoterror implies the particle
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- Spring '14
- Bacteria, bacterial colonies, bacterial communication