How to Detect a Man-Made Biothreat

November 01, 2022


The US government is funding tech to determine whether genetic alterations in a virus or pest are an evolutionary quirk—or a lab-engineered danger.

The effort was announced in 2017 by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In a livestreamed update in October, IARPA program manager David Markowitz announced that two platforms developed under the program were both 70 percent accurate at identifying the presence of bioengineering. 

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