Is DARPA Making Insects Into Bioweapons?

Is DARPA Making Insects Into Bioweapons?
Meena Haribal/Boyce Thompson Institute via AP

The Insect Allies program was announced by DARPA in 2016. It is a research project that aims to protect the U.S. agricultural food supply by delivering protective genes to plants via insects—because insects are responsible for the transmission of most plant viruses, scientists believe loading them up with viruses that would offer plants protective benefits would be one way of ensuring food security in the event of a major threat.

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