"Voices from DARPA" Podcast, Episode 6: The Insectophile
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Blake Bextine of the Agency’s Biological Technologies Office talks about his virus- and insect-mediated vision for protecting food crops from natural and human-wrought threats, including drought and biological warfare. With his Insect Allies program, Bextine aims to increase food security by recruiting insects to deliver viruses, which have been modified to bear protective genes, into plants where those virus-carried genes could save the plants from the threats they face. He also shares ideas about a future with more insects on the menu to feed the many more mouths that likely will be on the planet.