‘Insect Allies’ Program Draws Criticism – Living Lab Radio on WCAI : NPR

October 29, 2018

An international group of scientists and legal scholars are warning that a federal research program called Insect Allies could unintentionally lead to biological weapons. The program funder, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), says the end goal is to improve agriculture by genetically modifying crops in the field using insects. But critics worry that it could easily be weaponized.

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