Scientists warn: Crop-protecting insects could be turned into bioweapons
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Germany) and the University of Montpellier (France), together with lawyers from the University of Freiburg (Germany), published an alarm in the journal Science in which they condemn the “revolutionary program” of agricultural research in the United States. In their opinion, peaceful scientific research can serve as a cover for another goal - the creation of a deadly bacteriological weapon.
Experimenters funded by the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), an advanced Pentagon research unit, use insects to transport genetically modified infectious viruses to their destination (a plantation with vegetables, fruits, or grains). After arriving at a given point, beetles, butterflies or moths scatter “brought” viruses over the plants.
The official goal of the developers is to “find ways to increase the resistance of various crops to drought, disease, or herbicides”. However, according to the authors of the text in Science, the final (and real) task could be the creation of powerful biological weapons.
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