September 25, 2012
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a $2
billion yearly budget for research into creating a super solider as well
as developing a synthetic police force. Working with the human genome,
DARPA hopes to manipulate certain gene expressions. In experimentation,
DARPA and the military industrial pharmaceutical complex are using
natural abilities that are enhanced through genetic engineering.
Some of the medical feats DARPA would like to enhance are the ability of military soldiers to regrow limbs destroyed in battle.
By eliminating empathy, the Department of Defense (DoD) hopes to “enhance” a soldier’s ability
to “kill without care or remorse, shows no fear, can fight battle after
battle without fatigue and generally behave more like a machine than a
Scientists are researching the construction of soldiers that feel no
pain, terror and do not suffer from fatigue as tests on the wiring of
the human brain are furthered by Jonathan Moreno, professor of bioethics
at Pennsylvania State University. Moreno is working with the DoD in
understanding neuroscience. The Pentagon allocated $400 million to this
could be passed onto the general public in order to maximize profits as
well as enhance the drug’s effectiveness. According to Joel Garreau,
professor at Arizona University, DARPA is learning how to genetically
modify human fat into pure energy by rewiring the metabolic switch which
would create soldiers that require less food. By using gene therapy and
combining enhancements to alter the color of the human eye is a
blending of mutations that have no basis in the natural world.
In 2011, the British Academy of Medical Sciences published a paper
explaining the necessity for “new rules to avoid ethical missteps.”
Specifying the injection of human brain cells into animals that may give
animals human memories or thought consciousness as the goal should be
dealt with differently than a non-modified animal.