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"If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction."
- Frederik Pohl

Logical Pathogen  
  Malware concealed in DNA.  

"Is there a problem?" Ten asked mildly.

Valentina leaned over the desk, fists clenched on the surface. "Falcon. What did you do to him?"

Tem blinked. "Do to him?"

"You were given express orders," Bodan said, flanking his sister, his face flushed red with anger. "You were told to alter his DNA. You were told to embed the logical pathogen."

"I did as I was instructed."

"Then why isn't it working?" Valentina's mouth, astonishingly, was dripping drool, a silken line of it reaching Tem's desk. "There's been enough time! We know from tests on captured Machines that our pathology strikes at a latency in their deep instruction core...."

From The Medusa Chronicles, by Alastair Reynolds (w/S. Baxter).
Published by Gollancz in 2016
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Compare to the heritable memory bloodlines from The Time of the Dark (1982) by Barbara Hambly

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