Reference News Network reported Dec. 7 that the U.S. Department of Defense is promoting the creation of synthetic life forms and genetically altered life to serve military purposes, according to a report on the website of the monthly magazine Popular Machinery on Dec. 5. The U.S. military envisions that modified common marine microbes can send warning signals as enemy ships pass by. The design, manufacture and field release of synthetic life forms have created some far-reaching ethical dilemmas. Should mankind change the global environment for war purposes?
As Defense 1 points out, this means that synthetic biologists can modify marine microbes, releasing certain biochemical markers to the environment when they detect chemical signals from diesel-electric submarines, which are no longer used in the United States. After the nearby unmanned aerial vehicle finds the tag, it can report the incident to the U.S. military immediately, so that the U.S. military can send anti-submarine forces to search.