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    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2010
    Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal ‘Synthetic Organisms,’ Molecular Kill-Switch Included

    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.”
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    Oh, Darpa!

    Seriously, wouldn't it be cheaper just to tweak human beings not to be war-mongering bastards?
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    I like this quote: "“I would love to comment, but unfortunately Darpa has installed a kill switch in me...”

    We're doomed, aren't we?
    • CommentAuthorthud
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2010
    I don't know which idea is scarier!
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2010 edited
    arrrgh wrong thread sorry
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    And then there were the faulty kill switches... "Oh, weird. They've evolved to ignore our human commands. Oops."
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2010
    Sounds like they are talking out of their non-enhanced asses.