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US Military Wants to use Plants As Spies in War—Here’s How
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, is the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense tasked with developing new technology for the military. Earlier this month, DARPA published a press release outlining its vision to genetically modify plants in order to help detect danger. Plants respond physiologically to various stimuli, such as light, chemicals, pathogens and radioactivity. DARPA wants to edit the DNA of some plants so that stimuli that represent danger can easily be read by humans. read more


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