Last week, the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the Safe Genes program to explore innovative genetic techniques to support bio-innovation and combat biological threats. The effort, supported by a $65 million grant from DARPA over four years, aims to harness gene editing tools in a safe, responsible manner to maximize the benefits of these technologies while minimizing their inherent risks. Vector biologist Greg Lanzaro joins the effort as part of the UC Riverside-led team. 

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