Date: 9 months ago   Category: Science

The USA was suspected of creation of new biological weapon


The international group of researchers has criticized the program of DARPA for genetic modification of the planted plants by means of the insects infected with viruses. According to scientists, the developed technology can be used as biological weapon. Article is published in the Science magazine. Management of perspective research projects (DARPA) has started the program consisting in use of genetically modified viruses which are capable to build in the necessary DNA a genome of already planted crops. Viruses suppliers are called agents of horizontal genetic changes in the environment (HEGAA) whose distribution has to be provided with insects. However, according to the German and French scientists, there are no data that this program can be effective in improvement of properties of plants and will be useful to farms. Concealing can mean that HEGAA is considered by the U.S. Department of Defense as perspective biological weapon. DARPA announced the Insect Allies program in November, 2016, having promised to pay 27 million dollars as a grant. In July, 2017 the first three organizations declared that they have concluded the research contracts with management concerning development of systems of delivery of genetically changed viruses by means of insects. These contracts provide four years of works and final demonstration of technology in the greenhouse. It was reported that experts make experiments with corn and tomatoes, and as carriers of viruses tsikadka, whiteflies and a plant louse are used. Scientists are disturbed that the technology means use of insects though the systems of dispersion can be applied to spread of viruses. The DARPA explains it with the fact that the corresponding equipment is inaccessible to all farmers. Sprays really are a little used in developing countries, however it not so for farmers in the USA. Besides, insects are less effective for spread of viruses in comparison with the same sprayers. HEGAA can be used as weapon if viruses change concrete genes in agricultural plants by means of the CRISPR system. Then it is possible to achieve decrease in fertility of certain grades while other cultures will be unaffected. At the same time it is difficult to define what plants are infected with viruses and what — aren't present. Researchers emphasize that they don't consider that HEGAA is military development, however they can be easily turned into weapon of fast and predictable action. It is more than important news in Film of Day Telegram-channel. Subscribe!

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