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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Microde  
  A tailored virus, that infects the selected person, and passes on whatever characteristics have been implanted in the virus.  

In the near future world of Armed Memory, most people have made some sort of modification to their own body. Let's just say they've gone a bit beyond the usual piercing and tattooing:

I wouldn't have recognized him because he'd had himself microded into a wolfman, except that he was wearing a Minnesota Vikings muscle shirt. That made me look at him carefully, and beneath all the hair, and even with the snout and the canine teeth, I could see it was him. There isn't a whole lot to getting microded. They draw a little blood, separate out your genes and splice them with whatever else you need. After that, they pack it into a synthetic virus, shoot you full of it, and the virus infects every cell in your body. Within a couple of weeks you can start to tell what you're going to look like when it's over.
From Armed Memory, by Jim Smith.
Published by Tor in 1995
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Microde is just the next logical step in making a personal statement with your body.

Built your dream body with microde - and you want that big brain you've always needed? You might want to become a bubblehead (big-head brainiacs) from The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrytch by Philip K. Dick.

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