The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to invest inÂ biotechnology research that applies genetic engineering to health monitoring. DARPA said FridayÂ that itsÂ Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies or DIGET program aims to supportÂ medical response, elevate military care standards and prevent disease outbreaks andÂ geopolitical effects.
The effort would inform medical officials onÂ health threats across the globe to help the military conduct diagnoses andÂ maintain physical readiness among troops. The agency intends to useÂ a disposable, handheldÂ pathogen-screening device and aÂ multiplexed detector to address the program’s needs.
The multiplexed detector would work to simultaneously scan over 1K targets. Both tools are designed with adaptability to accommodate changing requirements.
DARPA will administer a proposer’s day event Dec. 11 in Atlanta to further inform interested parties about the program.