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Military eyes 'synthetic biology' to track enemy movements

from By Karen Harrison

In an effort that sounds like it came straight from a science-fiction movie, the Department of Defense has announced it’s exploring the use of genetically altered marine life forms to track enemy subs. The effort is part of a $45 billion initiative begun in 2017 and dubbed the Applied Research for the Advancement of Science and Technology Priorities Program on Synthetic Biology for Military Environments. According to researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory, the program would use a relatively common type of sea life, altering its genetic makeup to make it "extra sensitive" to markers left by passing subs. more


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