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article imageU.S. Department of Defense moves into biotech

By Tim Sandle     Apr 5, 2014 in Politics
Washington - The U.S. Department of Defense has extended its focus on the life sciences by opening a new division of biotechnology, with a focus on improving U.S. defenses.
A new division at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will consolidate the Department of Defense’s biology projects into a Biological Technologies Office (BTO) that will expand upon work already underway at the agency, according to an official statement.
The DARPA is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military.
Research at DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office and its Microsystems Technology Office will seed the BTO, along with a new Hand Proprioception & Touch Interfaces program, CBS News notes. The main lines of study include prosthetics, biological manufacturing, security in bioengineering, and “biochronicity”—a program that aims to make it possible to manage the effects of time on human physiology. Each project is aimed at improving up the U.S. defenses.
Discussing the development, Alicia Jackson, deputy director of the BTO, told Science Insider: "Researchers should see this move as a recognition of the enormous potential of biological technologies."
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