US Spy Chief Says Genetic Engineering Is New Weapon of Mass Destruction

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US intelligence chief says that genetic engineering can be used as a weapon of mass destruction

The Director of US National Intelligence has said that genetic engineering of human DNA is the new weapon of mass destruction, capable of doing more damage than conventional warfare. 

James Clapper claims that genome editing with the help of CRISPR technology is a national security issue. reports:

New genetic technologies of genome editing allow to carry out some changes in the cells at the DNA level. Genetic engineers can delete or replace DNA chains in the human body, that allows to reduce diseases which are spread at the genetic level.

However, taking into account more wide spreading, quite low cost and quick rate of these technologies development, not only doctors can be interested in them.

In particular, basic compounds for an effective CRISPR tool may be be bought through the Internet for $60. This creates a threat for economic and national security of the US, Clapper noted.

In his report he concluded that not quite high level of the ethic standards and professionalism of the supervisory authorities outside the Western countries may generate potentially dangerous bacteriological bodies and medications.