Military researchers at DARPA have positioned their agency to fight pandemics like the COVID-19 coronavirus

April 20, 2020
DARPA is sprinting to develop diagnostic tools and treatment for the new coronavirus pandemic by using technology it’s developed over the last decade.

ARLINGTON, Va. – Three years ago, U.S. military researchers started work on a program aimed at preventing pandemics. Andrew Eversden at C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

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20 April 2020 -- Now, as scientists at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are halfway through their projected timeline, a pandemic has swept across the globe, with the most reported cases of COVID-19 coronavirus coming from the United States.

In response, the military organization that typically focuses on projects to address future threats at least five to 10 years off finds itself sprinting to develop diagnostic tools and treatment for the new coronavirus pandemic, and using technology it’s invested in over the last decade.

For example, in the next two weeks, one DARPA program hopes to have developed a test that can detect if a patient is infected with coronavirus and can observe changes in human cells to identify if a patient is infected.

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