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Yesterday morning, at the Fifth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology at Stanford University, a representative from the DARPA announced a new program called Living Foundries that will invest in and develop synthetic biology projects.
DARPA wants to open up the periodic table so that cells can make, for example, efficient semiconductor materials.
the level of ambition of this program is in line with previous DARPA initiatives, one of which played a crucial role in the creation of the Internet.
When asked for further comment after her talk to clarify the funding levels and timelines for this blue-sky project, Jackson said she cannot disclose further details.
Through an engineering-driven approach to biology, Living Foundries aims to create a rapid, reliable manufacturing capability where multiple cellular functions can be fabricated, mixed and matched on demand and the whole system controlled by integrated circuitry, opening up the full space of biologically produced materials and systems.
Originally posted by LiberatingMinds
When DAPRA tells you they are funding something, it is safe to assume that they have been funding it for years and now the research is so far along they are comfortable with publicly announcing it.
Key to success will be the democratization of the biological design and manufacturing process, breaking open the field to those outside the biological sciences.
Perhaps super soldiers may not be far off after all, if efforts such as DARPA's "Inner Armor" project find success. Consider efforts to give humans the extreme abilities of some animals, such as the high-altitude conditioning of the bar-headed Goose that has been known to crash into jet aircraft at more than 34,000 feet. Scientists are also eying the Steller sea lion, which redirects blood flow away from non-critical organs during deep sea dives and reduces oxygen demand.
"I do not accept that our soldiers cannot physically outperform the enemy on his home turf," said Dr. Michael Callahan, who heads the project at DARPA's Defense Sciences Office, during a 2007 presentation. The goal is to make soldiers "kill-proof" against all sorts of conditions, including infectious diseases, chemical, biological and radioactive weapons, temperature and altitude extremes, and harsh natural environments. Sounds like a certain mutant superhero. www.livescience.com...
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.” The plan would assemble the latest bio-tech knowledge to come up with living, breathing creatures that are genetically engineered to “produce the intended biological effect.” Darpa wants the organisms to be fortified with molecules that bolster cell resistance to death, so that the lab-monsters can “ultimately be programmed to live indefinitely.”www.wired.com...
Originally posted by lokdog
reply to post by burntheships
So if im reading that correctly, they are going to make people immortal? Soldiers that cant be killed. They really are pushing science, how realistic that any of this actually works is my question.
Originally posted by Pervius
DARPA.....monkey controlled a robotic arm with nothing but his brain....
Look at the guys arm in the video. At what year did latex gloves look like that? Thick...heavy.....not like todays super thin made overseas variants.......
Artificial Life Forms became a reality once they figured out the brain to computer interface. Heh jim bob has cancer eating his body and he died....plop out his brain and plug it in to the mainframe....jim bob's still alive...not a human now but....an artificial life form.
Originally posted by Johnze
As long as this means i can harvest my clone for organs at random points in the near future or switch my memorys between them then im all for DARPA and there questionable research.