Science fiction: How quickly is a DNA change reversible?

lamb L.A.M.Buisman at
Sat Jul 29 09:49:17 EST 2000

Why should it be realistic? The first step is not realistic either.
Fiction is fiction. Happy endings are nice though ......


Thomas Ebinger wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am an editor for young adult fiction books. At the moment I am
> working on a science fiction series. As I am not very good at biology,
> I would like to ask you, whether the following scenario is realistic
> or not: A society lives in an isolated environment. The people there
> are governed by an evil group of people, that blows a certain drug
> into the air. By inhaling this drug the DNA of the inhabitants is
> being changed and transforms them into obedient citizens. Is it
> realistic that, if you withdraw this drug, the changes in the DNA
> recede and the citizens become thinking individuals again? And if this
> is the case, how quickly could this take place?
> Thank you very much for your help and excuse my ignorance.
> Best wishes
> Katharina Ebinger

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