DARPAs Bio-Revolution: GM Blood Cells Injected in Soldiers to Combat BioWeapons?
GM blood cells to protect tomorrows soldiers from bioweapons?
Blood transfusions containing genetically engineered cells could be the future of countering germ warfare, according to new research sponsored by DARPA, which hopes modified blood cells could help neutralize biological toxins deployed against soldiers.
In their research, scientists from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts were supported by the US Defence Research Projects Agency renowned for being the scientific funding branch of the US military. The researchers involved said that the US was very interested in deploying the discovery against any biological weapons threats.
We wanted to create high-value red cells that do more than simply carry oxygen, says Whitehead Founding Member Harvey Lodish, in a statement published on the Whitehead Institute website. Lodish collaborated with Whitehead Member Hidde Ploegh in the project.
The breakthrough study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which harvests Lodishs expertise in red blood cells (RBCs) with biochemical methods developed in Ploeghs lab. Referred to as sortagging, the approach uses bacterial enzyme sortase A to bond between the surface protein and a substance of choice, be it a small-molecule therapeutic or an antibody capable of binding a toxin. Such modifications leave the cells unharmed.
Here weve laid out the technology to make mouse and human red blood cells in culture that can express what we want and potentially be used for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes, Lodish said.
RBC that constitute around a quarter of some 100 trillion cells inside the human body, supply oxygen from the lungs to the organ tissues and circulate for up to four months. The latest methods have shown positive results on laboratory mice, pointing to a near-future possibility of modified RBCs to provide patients with long-term protection.
Because the modified human red blood cells can circulate in the body for up to four months, one could envision a scenario in which the cells are used to introduce antibodies that neutralize a toxin, said Ploegh. The result would be long-lasting reserves of antitoxin antibodies.
Researchers hope that the method could be used to deliver drugs to human organs and in a number of benign medical treatment practices, such as treating stoke.
DARPA, created in response to the Soviet launch of the Sputnik, was established in 1958 tasked with the development of new technologies for use by the military. Creating and Preventing Strategic Surprise, is the companys motto. DARPAs interest in biological and medical sciences is designed to improve DoD capabilities, benefit the US military and save American lives.
In DARPAs own 2008 assessment of the Bio-Revolution, the author of the report Jonathan Beard, states that DARPAs research focuses on protecting human assets, maintaining human combat performance, biology to enhance military systems, and restoring combat capabilities after severe injury.
Read the full article at: rt.com
Scientists Control Tiny Mechanical Probes Inside Human Cells
Cyborg tissue is half living cells, half electronics
The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat PTSD
Scary Thought: Scientists build an off switch for the brain
Tune into Red Ice Radio:
Zoltan Istvan - The Transhumanist Wager: In Favor of Eugenics & Technological Dictatorship
Robert Duncan Ofinioan - Super Soldier
Daniel Estulin - Hour 1 - TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction
Peter Russell - The Primacy of Consciousness & The Global Brain
Kevin Warwick - I, Cyborg, Implants, Cybernetics, AI & The Rise of the Machines in 2020
Neil Sanders - Hour 1 - The Dark Art of Mind Control
Nick Begich - Controlling the Human Mind
Richard Hamlin - Mind Control, Mk-Ultra & Satanic Ritual Abuse
Joseph P. Farrell & Scott D. de Hart - Hour 1 - Alchemical Transhumanism: Grimoire Technology & The New Man
Aaron Franz - TransAlchemy, Save the Humans! & Transhuman Fundamentalism
Students Risk Brain Problems from Pharmas Smart Drugs
BBC Marketing the Microchip
First Therapeutic LSD Study in 40 Years Has Positive Results for all 12 Participants
New Study: FDA-Approved Levels of Aspartame Distort Brain Function, Kill Brain Cells
Brain Helmet Zaps Depression?
Non-Embryonic Stem Cells: The Dawning of a New Era of Hope
Scientists reprogram bodys own cells to kill cancer, HIV
Neural stem cells successfully implanted into the brains of four boys
Horizontal Transfer of GM DNA Widespread
Experts Warn US Soldiers May Be Replaced With Robot Warriors
More US soldiers dying from suicide than combat
Latest News from our Front Page
Where the Islamic State Gets Its Weapons
Early one morning in late February, a European investigator working in Kobani, the northern Syrian city that for months had been a battleground between Kurdish fighters and militants from the Islamic State, stepped outside the building where he was staying and saw something unusual. A Kurd on the street was carrying a long black assault rifle that the investigator thought ...
Garland Shooter Elton Simpson âHandledâ By Paid FBI Informant
In our story released late last night, we posed this question to our readers:
âWere these supposed âdead gunmenâ part of the drill, or were they patsies handled by a counter-terrorism federal âinformantâ?â
We didnât know it at the time, but it turns out that we were right.
Image: âGarland Gunmanâ Elton Simpson, adjusting his CCTV camera at his apartment in Phoenix, AZ.
What is Sacred to Americans?
The free speech fest in Texas that resulted in the police shooting of two apparent terrorists at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland marks growing prominence and qualified support for the movement for free speech for anti-Muslim satire, led by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a well-financed New York group.
No similar type of organization in America dares to test ...
A Lesson for New York Cops: How to Subdue Brawlers Without Hurting Them
Every day in America police assault, injury and kill people who do not pose a threat to them.
âThe increase in police brutality in the U.S. is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. While the number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war is 4,489,â The ...
Israel Is Preparing For Alien Invasion - Are The 'Tall White' Aliens Coming?
Earlier in the week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a training exercise for its Air Force cyber unit, the âOfekâ (Horizon). The training exercise was based on a scenario in which the world is under attack by alien invaders, and IDF tech forces are faced with the challenge of sabotaging the advanced technological systems of attacking alien spacecraft.
Although Lt. ...
|More News » |