According to this new story from Mac Slavo over at SHTFPlan, one of the most dangerous experiments that mankind has ever embarked upon is DARPA’s desire for gene drive technology. Warning us within his story that scientists now have the knowledge and the tools they need to create and deliver “Doomsday genes” which can selectively target and exterminate an entire species, DARPA recently announced that they will be spending tens of millions of dollars on 'genetic extinction research' with the official aim of this research being 'fighting harmful insects'. As Joe Joseph of The Daily Sheeple states as heard in the first video below, a quick Google search for 'gene drive technology' will give us a plethora of information about just how horrific this kind of technology can be and like nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea's Kim Jong Un, we're watching what is akin to kids playing with fire. From the video:
“...You’ll find it fascinating just at how unbelievable a weapon this could be, how unintentionally mistakes can be made that can cause irreversible damage…irreparable damage…to the human race. And I mean, FAST!” Joseph said. “A gene drive…if let’s just say there’s a mistake, you could feasibly wipe out the human race in a very very short period of time. It’s an unbelievable tool at the disposal of madmen.”
While many might ask, what exactly is 'gene drive technology' and 'why is it so dangerous', we see one of the answers in this recent story from Technology Review titled "If Unleashed in the Wild, Gene Drives Could Create a 'Highly Invasive Species'”. With researchers warning "Technology’s answer to invasive species and disease-spreading insects is looking riskier than ever in its current form", we see that gene drive technology evolves from CRISPR technology, the 'editing' of DNA almost as if it were simply a film strip being edited as seen in the graphic above.
Yet as Joseph warns, this kind of technology in the hands of madmen could wipe us out as a species. As the website New Scientist reported back in March of 2017, "backyard gene editing risks creating a monster" with biohackers already signalling their intention to use CRISPR, which poses a big problem for the authorities.
As we see and hear in the 2nd video below from Reason TV, a $140 mail order CRISPR kit is already available for just about anybody to get their hands upon leading Reason to ask, is unregulated biohacking the future of science? From the Technology Review story:
Aside from astonishing cures, one of CRISPR’s most tantalizing uses could be so-called gene drives. As we’ve reported in the past, the technique can be used to easily insert fertility-reducing genes into the DNA of disease-carrying insects or invasive species (such as the humble starling in the U.S., were we so inclined).
That would systematically wipe them out. Applied to mosquitoes, the technology could fight malaria and Zika. Targeted at interloping animals, it’s been suggested as a means of preserving fast-declining species in New Zealand.
But the trick is obviously not without its risks. As we’ve explained before, the wholesale removal of a species from a geographic region might be useful, but it’s easy enough to imagine the technique getting out of control, spreading further than intended, and transforming entire ecosystems in ways it wasn't meant to.
And while CRISPR created dragons or unicorns might be a bit further away than happening within the next year, we remind you that during the Obama administration, the long standing moratorium banning human beings from creating human hybrids or 'chimeras' was lifted according to this June story from Futurism.
And we probably shouldn't be surprised when we read that earlier this year, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid a PR firm called Emerging Ag $1.6 million to recruit a covert coalition of academics to manipulate a UN decision-making process over gene drives, according to emails obtained through Freedom of Information requests.
As the Independent Science News story reports, Gene drives are a highly controversial new genetic extinction technology. They have been proposed as potentially able to eradicate malarial mosquitoes, agricultural pests, invasive species, as well as having potential military uses.
Emerging Ag calls itself “a boutique international consulting firm providing communications and public affairs services.” Its president and founder is Robynne Anderson, a former international communications director of CropLife, the global lobby group for the biotechnology, seed, and pesticide industries.
The FOIA emails reveal that the project coordinated by Emerging Ag was dubbed the “Gene Drive Research Sponsors and Supporters coalition”. It consisted of three members of a UN committee called the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology (AHTEG) plus a larger group of 65 covertly recruited, but seemingly independent, scientists and officials, all coordinated by a still larger number of government officials (mainly from English-speaking countries), PR advisors, academics, and members of various Gates-funded projects.
As the website Science asked on December 11th, "is there really a covert manipulation of U.N. discussions about regulating gene drives?" Why would the Gates Foundation attempt to cover up such discussions with the UN?
Genome editing is a weapon of mass destruction. That’s according to James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence, who on Tuesday, in the annual worldwide threat assessment report of the U.S. intelligence community, added gene editing to a list of threats posed by “weapons of mass destruction and proliferation.”
Gene editing refers to several novel ways to alter the DNA inside living cells. The most popular method, CRISPR, has been revolutionizing scientific research, leading to novel animals and crops, and is likely to power a new generation of gene treatments for serious diseases.
It is gene editing’s relative ease of use that worries the U.S. intelligence community, according to the assessment. “Given the broad distribution, low cost, and accelerated pace of development of this dual-use technology, its deliberate or unintentional misuse might lead to far-reaching economic and national security implications,” the report said.
Although the report doesn’t mention CRISPR by name, Clapper clearly had the newest and the most versatile of the gene-editing systems in mind. The CRISPR technique’s low cost and relative ease of use—the basic ingredients can be bought online for $60—seems to have spooked intelligence agencies.
“Research in genome editing conducted by countries with different regulatory or ethical standards than those of Western countries probably increases the risk of the creation of potentially harmful biological agents or products,” the report said.
The concern is that biotechnology is a “dual use” technology—meaning normal scientific developments could also be harnessed as weapons. The report noted that new discoveries “move easily in the globalized economy, as do personnel with the scientific expertise to design and use them.”
Clapper didn’t lay out any particular bioweapons scenarios, but scientists have previously speculated about whether CRISPR could be used to make “killer mosquitoes,” plagues that wipe out staple crops, or even a virus that snips at people’s DNA.