THE US MILITARY IS GENETICALLY MODIFYING MICROBES TO DETECT ENEMY SHIPS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

THE US MILITARY IS GENETICALLY MODIFYING MICROBES TO DETECT ENEMY SHIPS

The US military’s Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing genetically engineered organisms that it hopes will be able to detect the presence of enemy submarines, ships, or divers, according to a new report published in Defense One.

The work is part of a $45 million initiative across all the branches of the US armed forces that is investigating ocean-based military applications for genetic engineering.

Motherboard has previously reported on the military’s plans to use larger aquatic animals to detect enemy ships, but now it appears that they are also looking to weaponize biology on the microscale.

As the Naval Research Laboratory told Motherboard in an email, researchers plan on using microorganisms commonly found in the ocean and genetically modify them so they react to various substances left by enemy vessels or equipment, such as fuel exhaust and trace amounts of metals.

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It is almost scary, the rapidity with which something one might characterise as "science fiction", becomes science fact.

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