December 4, 2018
The Pentagon is developing a radical plan to breed gentically modified life forms to hunt for enemy subs.
A newly revealed project hopes to create ‘living tripwires’ that could give early warning to Navy commanders.
The Naval Research Laboratory, or NRL, would be able to tune the microorganisms to hunt for a variety of giveaway signals, from diesel fuel to human DNA from stealth divers.
According to Defence One, coming into contact with the trigger material would cause a loss of electrons, which could be detectable to friendly sub drones.
‘In an engineered context, we might take the ability of the microbes to give up electrons, then use [those electrons] to talk to something like an autonomous vehicle,’ NRL researcher Sarah Glaven said at a November event put on by the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab.
Glaven said she believes the research is about a year away from providing concrete evidence that she can engineer reactions in abundant marine life forms that could prove useful for the military.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 6:51 am