From the externally augmented soldier to the internally modified soldier: using the genome against chemical and biological weapons

Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2024     |     PP. 107-127      |     PDF (276 K)    |     Pub. Date: March 24, 2022
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B.Massoubre, Military pharmacist; Hôpital d'Instruction des Armées Desgenettes, Lyon, France
C.Boulliat, Head of the Pharmacy Department, military pharmacist; Hôpital d'Instruction des Armées Desgenettes, Lyon, France

The development of molecular biology has allowed a considerable advance in medicine. But applications, both civil and military, can be malicious and must be strictly controlled by the international scientific community. Ethical reflection is necessary to target and circumscribe abuses.
The use of genome editing can protect the soldier in case of biological or chemical attacks. Nevertheless, medical ethics within the armed forces must not be overlooked, even if this genetic modification is an advance in the protection of the combatant in a theater of operations. The soldier is affected in his deepest intimacy, that of his genetic heritage.
Whatever the cause, and even if it is noble, an augmented or modified soldier must not be a dehumanized soldier. We must ensure that the dignity of the soldier, but also of the human being, is respected.
The medical ethics of the armed forces are present to accompany the progress of science and to ensure the respect of its principles.

Augmented soldier, modified soldier. Genomic editing. CRISPR-Cas 9. Ethics. Chemical and biological weapons. Military health service

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B.Massoubre, C.Boulliat, From the externally augmented soldier to the internally modified soldier: using the genome against chemical and biological weapons , SCIREA Journal of Clinical Medicine. Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2024 | PP. 107-127. 10.54647/cm32764


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