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WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? DARPA Wants To Boost Your Body’s Defenses By ‘Tuning’ Your Genes

From vaccines to antidotes for drug poisoning, modern medicine has given us a lot of tools to protect us against health threats. But what if your genes could be harnessed to provide even better protection? And what if this could be done on a temporary basis — giving your body’s defenses a boost just when they need it, without altering your genetic code? This might sound far-fetched, but a new program created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to do just that. (DARPA is the U.S. agency tasked with developing new technologies for the military.) The program will explore ways to better protect people against biological and chemical threats by temporarily “tuning” gene expression — in other words, turning genes “on” or “off” — to strengthen the body’s defense against health threats. (READ MORE)


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