A US Army research unit is exploring the use of insects to alter plant genes.
It is noted that, by changing the genes of insects, scientists hope to use them to transfer genetically modified viruses to crops.
In this way, researchers hope to plant immunity to disease, drought, and other threats typical of crops.
Despite the evaluation of the participants in the experiment, not everyone perceives their research with the same optimism. So, some scientists believe that this technology can be considered in the context of potential biological weapons.
At the same time, the US State Department assured that the project "Allies-insects" is being developed for peaceful purposes and does not violate the Biological Weapons Convention. The US Department of Agriculture confirmed that its specialists are also involved in research, reports Life.
Select your language