According to the British tabloid The sun, the end result is a veritable “super-soldier arms race” akin to a Second Cold War.
“We’ve now reached the point where we could potentially manipulate people’s DNA to give them more strength, stamina and other things, just like we do with animals,” said Michael Clarke, professor at the Kings College London. “Just like we did with standard cattle to give them more back, we can now do it very precisely with humans.”
Snatched straight from one of Hollywood’s film franchises, Clarke warns that the battlefield could be drastically different in three decades, and that the Chinese and French military will be among the first to develop their super-soldiers.
“What they’re all thinking about is what might happen in 30 years, given 10 more years of development and experimentation,” Clarke added. “The Chinese in 30 years could have a cohort of people who are 20 years old. old people with special characteristics, they might have tried to reproduce there by manipulating DNA. ”
A recent report from the International Society for Military Ethics gave super-soldiers a scientific name: Homo robocopus.
“The improved soldiers would be reduced to bionic men, who run fast, don’t need to sleep, eat and drink very little and can fight all the time,” the report said.
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