GM blood cells to protect tomorrow’s soldiers from bioweapons?

Oh what a tangled web again.

Now what could go wrong with this program? What happens if mutation occurs and soldiers become something else other than planned.? Rogue mutants? What will the long term impact be or what impact does this have on offspring?


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RT
2 July 2014

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.

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