Genetically modified dragonfly-cyborgs are preparing to become spies
At the Janelia, Virginia research center, scientists at the Duper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute completed the tests of a genetically modified dragonfly cyborg, which they christened DragonflEye. This is not the first such experiment with dragonflies.
The insect is equipped with a “rucksack” the size of a fingernail, where there is electronic equipment, working from tiny solar panels. The flight of DragonflEye is controlled by the operator.
Dragonfly-cyborg is planned to be used as a controlled pollinator, for transportation of miniature cargoes, as well as for espionage purposes. DragonflEye is able to get into places where not to hit the ordinary drones, which was confirmed by a series of successful experiments.
To create DragonflEye, scientists had to genetically modify the nervous system of the dragonfly, “teaching” it to respond to light pulses. For this, a “photosensitive” gene, ospins, was introduced into it, which activates neurons under the influence of light.
The signal received from the operator goes to the interface, located in the “backpack” of the dragonfly, from where, in the processed form, it is transferred to the wings, and the insect flies in the right direction.