Could chemicals be used to mutate strains of bacteria and/or fungus and/or viruses?

Answered Dec 13, 2017

Sure, you can use certain chemicals to cause genetic mutations.

The catch is that, the mutations will be totally random, and you cannot direct it to any particular part of the genome.

You could randomly disable important genes, by causing a SNP or a frameshift error, and kill the microbe.

The keyword is, “random”.

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