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US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies | Science | The Guardian

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 5, 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/04/us-military-agency-invests-100m-in-genetic-extinction-technologies

Technology could be used to wipe out malaria carrying mosquitos or other pests but UN experts say fears over possible military uses and unintended consequences strengthen case for a ban.

UN diplomats confirmed that the new email release would worsen the “bad name” of gene drives in some circles. “Many countries [will] have concerns when this technology comes from Darpa, a US military science agency,” one said.

The use of genetic extinction technologies in bioweapons is the stuff of nightmares, but known research is focused entirely on pest control and eradication…

Some UN experts, though, worry about unintended consequences. One told the Guardian: “You may be able to remove viruses or the entire mosquito population, but that may also have downstream ecological effects on species that depend on them.”

“My main worry,” he added, “is that we do something irreversible to the environment, despite our good intentions, before we fully appreciate the way that this technology will work.”…

To paraphrase a former US president: It depends on your definition of pest…

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2 Responses to “US military agency invests $100m in genetic extinction technologies | Science | The Guardian”

  1. larryzb said

    The UN pushes for population control, even of the coercive variety. These elites seem to see humans as pests. And, the UN pushes the sexual agenda of the decadent Western world. How do gender studies and advocating for acceptance of abortion and so-called gay rights in less developed countries serve the cause of world peace?

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