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It is now possible to control insects remotely thanks to modifications made to their genetics



It is now possible to control insects remotely thanks to modifications made to their genetics


Until now there have been many projects in which an attempt has been made to create a series of remotely controlled insects. To solve this problem, practically all the teams were trying to develop a series of miniature insect-shaped robots capable of behaving like insects. In this work, scientists and researchers have gone further by promising that, through modifications made to the insect’s own genetics, have managed to control them remotely.

As you read it, according to what has been published, it seems that a series of genetic modifications has been being carried out in the DNA of living beings so that they can be controlled remotely by the scientists themselves. At the moment they have managed to change their behavior in the face of certain external stimuli and work is being done on improve the response of the insects themselves to an order sent from a remote control.

DragonFleye 1.0, a project that seeks to control dragonflies by remote control thanks to genetic modifications.

Among the insects chosen for these first tests, it should be noted that they are all either bees or beetles, although, according to what they say, it seems that the tests were not as satisfactory as expected. Due to this they decided to choose another type of insects and it has been in the dragonflies where they have found specimens that respond much better to certain stimuli, to which we must add that they are very useful thanks to their speed and agility.

Undoubtedly we are talking about advances more typical to date of science fiction than of a real project although, thanks to the development of DragonFleye 1.0This is how this work has been baptized, it seems that the human being is much closer to the control of other animals than we have ever been in bioengineering until now.

More information: DigitalTrends