As Part of their Gain-of-Function Research, Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal ‘Synthetic Organisms,’ Molecular Kill-Switch Included
Robert Gorter, MD, PhD. et al.
The Pentagon’s mad and criminal 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.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a research and development agency of the United States Department of Defense and the Pentagon responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.
Originally known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), the agency was created on February 7, 1958, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in response to the Soviet launching of Sputnik 1 in 1957. By collaborating with academia, industry, and government partners, DARPA formulates and executes research and development projects to expand the frontiers of technology and science, often beyond immediate U.S. military requirements.
DARPA-funded projects have provided significant technologies that influenced many non-military fields as well, such as computer networking and the basis for the modern Internet, and graphical user interfaces in information technology.
DARPA is independent of other military research and development and reports directly to senior Department of Defense management. DARPA comprises approximately 2,000 government employees in six technical offices, including nearly 200 program managers, who together oversee about 350 research and development programs.
The agency’s current director, appointed in March 2021, is Stefanie Tompkins.
A major component of DARPA is Gain-of-Function which means developing tools for biological warfare. DARPA outsources parts of its Gain-of-Function research when it is in conflict with US law. A well-known example of such collaboration is the collaboration with the military laboratories in Wuhan, China. Also, part of their program is to genetically manipulate insects to be used as weapons of mass destruction.
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 a living,