DARPA’s Living Foundries Program

Nice to see that Craig Venter is still raking in the big bucks (you know, the ones that come from our tax dollars) to keep providing nifty tools and assistance to corporations and our government alike. For those who aren’t already familiar with the good works of Doc Venter, you can read more about the man Here.

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English: Educational Bus of the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Department of Defense is pumping $15.6 million into synthetic biology research at several universities and institutes with the aim of speeding up bioengineering production.

There are eight projects being funded through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under this new initiative, called the Living Foundries Program. Research conducted under the program will seek to create the basic production methods and tools that will be required to make bio-engineering swifter and more accurate, and to design the blueprints for synthetic biology factories, according to DARPA.

The first grants awarded under this program include $4 million to the J. Craig Venter Institute; $3.7 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; $3.2 million to Stanford University; $2.2 million to the California Institute of Technology; $1 million to the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution; $910,000 to Harvard University; and $690,000 to the University of Texas at Austin. Full Story Here

Learn more about the Living Foundries Program

Living Foundries: Advanced Tools and Capabilities for Generalizable Platforms (ATCG)

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3 comments on “DARPA’s Living Foundries Program

  1. Nancy Barnes says:

    Every time I hear or read about huge grants, I can’t help but think of how poor people in this country are blamed for the national debt.


    • MisBehaved says:

      I guess that’s one of those things we peons aren’t supposed to realize, eh? Pisses me off to no end that while we cut and chop things like education, we have money to blow on programs that amount to nothing more than crony pay-offs.


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