Draper to Build on its Biosecurity Tool Development for IARPA
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Advances in gene editing technology and improved access via the web have substantially increased the prevalence of engineered organisms in our world. Benefits range from pest-free crops to reduction in the spread of infectious diseases, but along with these advantages comes a need to identify good bioengineering from the kind that might pose a threat.
To address this challenge, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has contracted with Draper to develop new kinds of detection systems that can identify whether engineered organisms have been created from natural organisms. Officials at ODNI’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) have awarded Draper a two-year Phase 2 contract under ... source