Army Center to Study New Uses of Biotechnology
August 27th, 2003

Seeking to harness biotechnology in new ways, the United States Army is establishing a research institute at three universities to apply biology to the development of sensors, computers and materials.

The new center, the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, will have its headquarters at the University of California at Santa Barbara, with some of the work also to be done at the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to The New York Times.

The Army has long been involved in medical research involving biotechnology, including defense against biological warfare agents. But it wants to broaden the use of biotechnology to nonmedical areas. Such technology might include better materials for uniforms or armor, faster and lighter computers and batteries and more elaborate sensors. It could also help in the Pentagon’s plan to make the Army more agile and able to deploy more rapidly to fight terrorism and wars.

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