Pentagon To Breed Immortal 'Synthetic Organisms' With Kill-Switch Included

04/07/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • wired.com

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."

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