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DARPA opens biotech office to utilize biology for national defense

01
Apr
2014

Starting today, biology takes its place among the core sciences that represent the future of defense technology. Thats according to a press release today from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announcing its new Biological Technologies Office, which will work on things like internet-enabled prosthetics, memory restoration, and body suits that enable soldiers to carry lots of weight. DARPA has also said it wants to understand the human biological clock, develop vaccines for viruses before outbreaks even happen, and design social training that will allow soldiers to interact with people from a different culture without a common language. DARPA is the Defense Departments high-risk, high-reward research lab. The new office was a natural evolution, DARPA says, based on work on neuroscience, sensor design, and systems to harness the potential of microbes in manufacturing being done by its Defense Sciences and Microsystems Technology Offices.

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