The RNA brainwashing virus was an Imperial project developed to insert RNA into the brains of sentients. Because memories were made of RNA, it was thought that this virus would enable the Galactic Empire to brainwash anyone they wished, which was self-propagating and would destroy any chance of a rebellion. Though the researchers were screened for Rebel sympathies, they were so horrified by the implications of the research that they destroyed the project and defected to the Rebel Alliance. A datatape containing their research turned up in an auction aboard the Ananuru Express and, though Imperial Intelligence agent Secesh Trant attempted to steal it, it was recovered by a group of Rebels. It was thought to have then been destroyed so it could never fall into the wrong hands.