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{{Quote|I think targeted bioweapons are a load of old ''osik'', actually. Against humans, anyway.''"<br />"''And why would you say that?''"<br />"''Because, unless you have some way of identifying a complete genome&mdash;not just a few genes, not even ''ninety-nine percent'' of the genome&mdash;there just aren't convenient Corellian genes or Mandalorian genes or whatever for a pathogen to hook up to. Not even if you call it a nanovirus, which I also think is ''osik'', by the way. You'd have to find a way for the virus to identify the whole genome, or nothing.|Doctor [[Mij Gilamar]] and Doctor [[Ovolot Qail Uthan]], discussing the difficulties of developing a nanovirus|Imperial Commando: 501st}}
 
{{Quote|I think targeted bioweapons are a load of old ''osik'', actually. Against humans, anyway.''"<br />"''And why would you say that?''"<br />"''Because, unless you have some way of identifying a complete genome&mdash;not just a few genes, not even ''ninety-nine percent'' of the genome&mdash;there just aren't convenient Corellian genes or Mandalorian genes or whatever for a pathogen to hook up to. Not even if you call it a nanovirus, which I also think is ''osik'', by the way. You'd have to find a way for the virus to identify the whole genome, or nothing.|Doctor [[Mij Gilamar]] and Doctor [[Ovolot Qail Uthan]], discussing the difficulties of developing a nanovirus|Imperial Commando: 501st}}
 
 
A '''nanovirus''', also known as a '''nanokiller''', was a selective virus designed to kill only an individual or specific groups of people that it had been developed to, without harming other undesired individuals.
 
A '''nanovirus''', also known as a '''nanokiller''', was a selective virus designed to kill only an individual or specific groups of people that it had been developed to, without harming other undesired individuals.
   
Nanoviruses targeting specific beings or groups of beings were notoriously difficult to produce due to the need of identifying an entire genome, or else the virus would not attack the target. Routine natural mutation, interbreeding, and genetic engineering would make an individual immune to the virus's effects. This weakness could be skirted by having the virus target a specific, unchanging gene sequence that would make its target or targets stand out from the larger population such as the one used to increase the rate of aging within [[Clone trooper/Legends|clone trooper]]s. More dangerously, a nanovirus could be keyed less specifically in order to kill subjects of an entire race, such as [[Human/Legends|human]]s, indiscriminately.<ref name="ImpCom501st">''[[Imperial Commando: 501st]]''</ref>
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Nanoviruses targeting specific beings or groups of beings were notoriously difficult to produce due to the need of identifying an entire genome, or else the virus would not attack the target. Routine natural mutation, interbreeding, and genetic engineering would make an individual immune to the virus's effects. This weakness could be skirted by having the virus target a specific, unchanging gene sequence that would make its target or targets stand out from the larger population such as the one used to increase the rate of aging within [[Clone trooper/Legends|clone troopers]]. More dangerously, a nanovirus could be keyed less specifically in order to kill subjects of an entire race, such as [[Human/Legends|humans]], indiscriminately.<ref name="ImpCom501st">''[[Imperial Commando: 501st]]''</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
One example of a nanovirus was the [[FG36]] virus, under development at the start of the [[Clone Wars/Legends|Clone Wars]] by the [[Separatist]]-aligned [[Doctor/Legends|Doctor]] [[Ovolot Qail Uthan]]. FG36 was specifically engineered to target the [[Jango Fett/Legends|Fett]] genome present in the [[Grand Army of the Republic/Legends|Grand Army of the Republic]]'s clone troopers.<ref name="Hard Contact">''[[Republic Commando: Hard Contact]]''</ref> Uthan and her scientific team were sent to a secret lab on the remote planet of [[Qiilura]] to carry out their work. However, before development of the virus could be completed, Uthan was captured by the [[Clone commando/Legends|clone commando]]s of [[Omega Squad]] and brought into [[Republic]] custody.<ref name="Hard Contact" /> The lab was destroyed and development of the virus presumably halted; [[Supreme Chancellor/Legends|Supreme Chancellor]] [[Palpatine]], however, kept the unfinished nanovirus and Uthan was held on [[Coruscant/Legends|Coruscant]] as part of a back-up plan for stopping the clone troopers, should they ever turned on him.<ref>''[[Republic Commando: True Colors]]''</ref> After the [[Declaration of a New Order|formation]] of the [[Galactic Empire/Legends|Galactic Empire]], Palpatine used FG36 on Uthan's home planet of [[Gibad]], killing all sentient life on the planet.<ref name="ImpCom501st" /> Because of this and the danger the virus continued to pose, Uthan&mdash;having been rescued from her incarceration at the [[Valorum Center]] by [[Mandalorian/Legends|Mandalorian]] [[Kal Skirata]] and his associates<ref>''[[Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel]]''</ref>—developed an antigen to immunize against FG36. The completed antigen was spread first to Skirata's clan and across [[Mandalore/Legends|Mandalore]], and then to the [[Altisian Jedi|Jedi community]] of [[Jedi Master/Legends|Master]] [[Djinn Altis]].<ref name="ImpCom501st" />
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One example of a nanovirus was the [[FG36]] virus, under development at the start of the [[Clone Wars/Legends|Clone Wars]] by the [[Confederacy of Independent Systems/Legends|Separatist]]-aligned [[Doctor/Legends|Doctor]] [[Ovolot Qail Uthan]]. FG36 was specifically engineered to target the [[Jango Fett/Legends|Fett]] genome present in the [[Grand Army of the Republic/Legends|Grand Army of the Republic's]] clone troopers.<ref name="Hard Contact">''[[Republic Commando: Hard Contact]]''</ref> Uthan and her scientific team were sent to a secret lab on the remote planet of [[Qiilura]] to carry out their work. However, before development of the virus could be completed, Uthan was captured by the [[Clone commando/Legends|clone commandos]] of [[Omega Squad]] and brought into [[Galactic Republic/Legends|Republic]] custody.<ref name="Hard Contact" /> The lab was destroyed and development of the virus presumably halted; [[Supreme Chancellor/Legends|Supreme Chancellor]] [[Palpatine/Legends|Palpatine]], however, kept the unfinished nanovirus and Uthan was held on [[Coruscant/Legends|Coruscant]] as part of a back-up plan for stopping the clone troopers, should they ever turned on him.<ref>''[[Republic Commando: True Colors]]''</ref> After the [[Declaration of a New Order|formation]] of the [[Galactic Empire/Legends|Galactic Empire]], Palpatine used FG36 on Uthan's home planet of [[Gibad/Legends|Gibad]], killing all sentient life on the planet.<ref name="ImpCom501st" /> Because of this and the danger the virus continued to pose, Uthan&mdash;having been rescued from her incarceration at the [[Valorum Center]] by [[Mandalorian/Legends|Mandalorian]] [[Kal Skirata]] and his associates<ref>''[[Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel]]''</ref>—developed an antigen to immunize against FG36. The completed antigen was spread first to Skirata's clan and across [[Mandalore/Legends|Mandalore]], and then to the [[Altisian Jedi|Jedi community]] of [[Jedi Master/Legends|Master]] [[Djinn Altis]].<ref name="ImpCom501st" />
   
A [[nano-destroyer|variant]] of the nanovirus, was used on [[Mon Mothma/Legends|Mon Mothma]] during negotiations with [[Furgan]], the ambassador for the [[Cardia|Cardian]] system. He brought his own drinks with the real drink on one hip, the nanovirus on the other. The nanovirus was made to kill her slowly, and make it look as if the [[Rebellion]] was dying, being bureaucratized by the [[New Republic/Legends|New Republic]]. It did not kill her, because Cardia lost control over [[Terpfen]] who immediately told what happened to the [[New Republic/Legends|New Republic]] on the toxin. Then, [[Cilghal]], a [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] Learner at that time, healed her by removing the nanovirus particles from her.
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A [[Nano-destroyer|variant]] of the nanovirus was used on [[Mon Mothma/Legends|Mon Mothma]] during negotiations with [[Furgan]], the ambassador for the [[Carida]]n system. He brought his own drinks with the real drink on one hip, the nanovirus on the other. The nanovirus was made to kill her slowly, and make it look as if the [[Alliance to Restore the Republic/Legends|Rebellion]] was dying, being bureaucratized by the [[New Republic/Legends|New Republic]]. It did not kill her, because Carida lost control over [[Terpfen]], who immediately told what happened to the New Republic on the toxin. Then, [[Cilghal]], a [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] Learner at that time, healed her by removing the nanovirus particles from her.
   
A variant of the FG36 virus was later developed by the [[Imperial Remnant]]'s [[Council of Moffs]] during the time of the [[Second Galactic Civil War]]. It was first used during the [[Battle of Roche]], where it specifically targeted the [[Verpine]] soldier caste, while leaving other Verpine unharmed. Soon after, the virus was developed to target the [[Hapan Royal House]], and another strain to target [[Boba Fett/Legends|Boba Fett]] and any other member of the [[Clan Fett|Fett genome]] was deployed on Mandalore.<ref>''[[Legacy of the Force: Invincible]]''</ref>. However, the effectiveness of the Mandalore-deployed nanovirus was questionable, due to the cure to the baseline virus that had been spread across the world decades prior, in the weeks following the Clone Wars.<ref name="ImpCom501st" /> Despite doubts as to its effectiveness, by [[45 ABY]], the nanovirus had prevented Fett's offspring from returning to Mandalore, specifically Mirta Gev, who worked to find a cure to the nanovirus. In her efforts to find a cure, she allied her Mandalorian soldiers to the [[Columi]] brothers, [[Craitheus Qreph|Craitheus]] and [[Marvid Qreph]] who agreed to help develop a cure. However, the Qrephs either refused or were unable to develop a cure, leaving the offspring of Fett to find another way to cure the nanovirus and be able to return to Mandalore.<ref name="Crucible">''[[Crucible (novel)|Crucible]]''</ref>
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A variant of the FG36 virus was later developed by the [[Imperial Remnant]]'s [[Council of Moffs]] during the time of the [[Second Galactic Civil War]]. It was first used during the [[Battle of Roche]], where it specifically targeted the [[Verpine/Legends|Verpine]] soldier caste, while leaving other Verpine unharmed. Soon after, the virus was developed to target the [[Hapan Royal House]], and another strain to target [[Boba Fett/Legends|Boba Fett]] and any other member of the [[Clan Fett|Fett genome]] was deployed on Mandalore.<ref>''[[Legacy of the Force: Invincible]]''</ref> However, the effectiveness of the Mandalore-deployed nanovirus was questionable, due to the cure to the baseline virus that had been spread across the world decades prior, in the weeks following the Clone Wars.<ref name="ImpCom501st" /> Despite doubts as to its effectiveness, by [[45 ABY]], the nanovirus had prevented Fett's offspring from returning to Mandalore, specifically Mirta Gev, who worked to find a cure to the nanovirus. In her efforts to find a cure, she allied her Mandalorian soldiers to the [[Columi/Legends|Columi]] brothers, [[Craitheus Qreph|Craitheus]] and [[Marvid Qreph]] who agreed to help develop a cure. However, the Qrephs either refused or were unable to develop a cure, leaving the offspring of Fett to find another way to cure the nanovirus and be able to return to Mandalore.<ref name="Crucible">[[Crucible (novel)|''Crucible'']]</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*{{Tales|4|Tides of Terror}} {{1st}}
 
*{{Tales|4|Tides of Terror}} {{1st}}
 
*''[[Republic Commando: Hard Contact]]''
 
*''[[Republic Commando: Hard Contact]]''
*''[[Republic Commando: True Colors]]'' {{Mo}}
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*''[[Republic Commando: True Colors]]'' {{Mo}}
 
*''[[Imperial Commando: 501st]]''
 
*''[[Imperial Commando: 501st]]''
*''[[Jedi Search]]
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*''[[Jedi Search]]''
*''[[Dark Apprentice (novel)|Dark Apprentice]]'' {{Mo}}
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*[[Dark Apprentice (novel)|''Dark Apprentice'']] {{Mo}}
*''[[Champions of the Force]]
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*''[[Champions of the Force]]''
 
*''[[Legacy of the Force: Invincible]]''
 
*''[[Legacy of the Force: Invincible]]''
 
*''[[Fate of the Jedi: Omen]]'' {{Mo}}
 
*''[[Fate of the Jedi: Omen]]'' {{Mo}}
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*''[[Fate of the Jedi: Ascension]]'' {{Mo}}
 
*''[[Fate of the Jedi: Ascension]]'' {{Mo}}
 
*''[[Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse]]'' {{Mo}}
 
*''[[Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse]]'' {{Mo}}
*''[[Crucible (novel)|Crucible]]''
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*[[Crucible (novel)|''Crucible'']]
   
 
==Sources==
 
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*''[[The Jedi Academy Sourcebook]]''
 
*''[[The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia]]''
 
*''[[The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia]]''
   
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This article is about a category of bioengineered virus. For more uses of virus, see virus.
"I think targeted bioweapons are a load of old osik, actually. Against humans, anyway."
"And why would you say that?"
"Because, unless you have some way of identifying a complete genome—not just a few genes, not even ninety-nine percent of the genome—there just aren't convenient Corellian genes or Mandalorian genes or whatever for a pathogen to hook up to. Not even if you call it a nanovirus, which I also think is osik, by the way. You'd have to find a way for the virus to identify the whole genome, or nothing."
―Doctor Mij Gilamar and Doctor Ovolot Qail Uthan, discussing the difficulties of developing a nanovirus[src]

A nanovirus, also known as a nanokiller, was a selective virus designed to kill only an individual or specific groups of people that it had been developed to, without harming other undesired individuals.

Nanoviruses targeting specific beings or groups of beings were notoriously difficult to produce due to the need of identifying an entire genome, or else the virus would not attack the target. Routine natural mutation, interbreeding, and genetic engineering would make an individual immune to the virus's effects. This weakness could be skirted by having the virus target a specific, unchanging gene sequence that would make its target or targets stand out from the larger population such as the one used to increase the rate of aging within clone troopers. More dangerously, a nanovirus could be keyed less specifically in order to kill subjects of an entire race, such as humans, indiscriminately.[1]

HistoryEdit

One example of a nanovirus was the FG36 virus, under development at the start of the Clone Wars by the Separatist-aligned Doctor Ovolot Qail Uthan. FG36 was specifically engineered to target the Fett genome present in the Grand Army of the Republic's clone troopers.[2] Uthan and her scientific team were sent to a secret lab on the remote planet of Qiilura to carry out their work. However, before development of the virus could be completed, Uthan was captured by the clone commandos of Omega Squad and brought into Republic custody.[2] The lab was destroyed and development of the virus presumably halted; Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, however, kept the unfinished nanovirus and Uthan was held on Coruscant as part of a back-up plan for stopping the clone troopers, should they ever turned on him.[3] After the formation of the Galactic Empire, Palpatine used FG36 on Uthan's home planet of Gibad, killing all sentient life on the planet.[1] Because of this and the danger the virus continued to pose, Uthan—having been rescued from her incarceration at the Valorum Center by Mandalorian Kal Skirata and his associates[4]—developed an antigen to immunize against FG36. The completed antigen was spread first to Skirata's clan and across Mandalore, and then to the Jedi community of Master Djinn Altis.[1]

A variant of the nanovirus was used on Mon Mothma during negotiations with Furgan, the ambassador for the Caridan system. He brought his own drinks with the real drink on one hip, the nanovirus on the other. The nanovirus was made to kill her slowly, and make it look as if the Rebellion was dying, being bureaucratized by the New Republic. It did not kill her, because Carida lost control over Terpfen, who immediately told what happened to the New Republic on the toxin. Then, Cilghal, a Jedi Learner at that time, healed her by removing the nanovirus particles from her.

A variant of the FG36 virus was later developed by the Imperial Remnant's Council of Moffs during the time of the Second Galactic Civil War. It was first used during the Battle of Roche, where it specifically targeted the Verpine soldier caste, while leaving other Verpine unharmed. Soon after, the virus was developed to target the Hapan Royal House, and another strain to target Boba Fett and any other member of the Fett genome was deployed on Mandalore.[5] However, the effectiveness of the Mandalore-deployed nanovirus was questionable, due to the cure to the baseline virus that had been spread across the world decades prior, in the weeks following the Clone Wars.[1] Despite doubts as to its effectiveness, by 45 ABY, the nanovirus had prevented Fett's offspring from returning to Mandalore, specifically Mirta Gev, who worked to find a cure to the nanovirus. In her efforts to find a cure, she allied her Mandalorian soldiers to the Columi brothers, Craitheus and Marvid Qreph who agreed to help develop a cure. However, the Qrephs either refused or were unable to develop a cure, leaving the offspring of Fett to find another way to cure the nanovirus and be able to return to Mandalore.[6]

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