A new field in medicine is on the horizon. Knowledge about microbes,about the human body, and about the interactions between the two has advanced enough that genetically engineered microbes can be seriously considered as medical agents. I have provisionally named this new field xenobiotherapy.
Xenobiotherapy may enable doctors to target drugs to the tissues where they are needed. It may make possible the detection of pancreatic cancer and cervical cancer before they become dangerous. Later, it may allow doctors to stop breast cancer and other cancers before they get started. It may limit damage from heart attacks and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Eventually, xenobiotherapy may allow rejuvenation of selected tissues such as human skin. In the very long run, it may allow rejuvenation of whole people.
A list of medical accomplishments that xenobiotherapy might make possible is given here.
A list of the chapters posted at this website is given here. The list of chapters includes links to the individual chapters—although most of them are still in preliminary form.
A link to Chapter 1, a summary (in 153 pages) of the entire e-book, is given here.