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Stronger, Faster and More Deadly: The Ethics of Developing Supersoldiers

March 2, 2017

(Australian Broadcasting Co) – Arguably one of the first forms of enhancement was through improving their diet. The phrase “an army marches on its stomach” goes back at least to Napoleon, and speaks to the belief that being well fed enhances the soldier’s chances of winning a battle. But recent research has gone well beyond diet to enhance the capabilities of soldiers, like purposefully altering the structure and function of soldiers’ digestive system to enable them to digest cellulose, meaning they can use grass as a food.

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