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Pentagon Breeding Immortal Synthetic Organisms

No really, this is real. Arguably, the randomness of evolution is not good enough, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has other ideas of how nature ought to work. – Ilene

Pentagon Breeding Immortal Synthetic Organisms

Courtesy of Jason Louv at Dangerous Minds

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This report on Pentagon genetic engineering is rather, eh, eerie, wouldn’t you say? This is how Captain America was created, you know. And just about every comic book experiment-gone-wrong villain, too. Hell, the whole Weapon X program. Nothing tasteful can come of this!

The Pentagon’s mad science arm may have come up with its most radical project yet. Darpa is looking to re-write the laws of evolution to the military’s advantage, creating “synthetic organisms” that can live forever — or can be killed with the flick of a molecular switch.

As part of its budget for the next year, Darpa is investing $6 million into a project called BioDesign, with the goal of eliminating “the randomness of natural evolutionary advancement.” The plan would assemble the latest bio-tech knowledge to come up with living, breathing creatures that are genetically engineered to “produce the intended biological effect.” Darpa wants the organisms to be fortified with molecules that bolster cell resistance to death, so that the lab-monsters can “ultimately be programmed to live indefinitely.” [i.e., like cancer cells? - Ilene]

Of course, Darpa’s got to prevent the super-species from being swayed to do enemy work — so they’ll encode loyalty right into DNA, by developing genetically programmed locks to create “tamper proof” cells. Plus, the synthetic organism will be traceable, using some kind of DNA manipulation, “similar to a serial number on a handgun.” And if that doesn’t work, don’t worry. In case Darpa’s plan somehow goes horribly awry, they’re also tossing in a last-resort, genetically-coded kill switch.

(Danger Room: Pentagon breeding supersoldier shits)

Continue Wired article here.>>

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