The ability to link human brains to machines, create new life forms and build Star Trek-​​style dis­ease detec­tors will be the focus of a new Defense Depart­ment office soon.

The new office, named the Bio­log­ical Tech­nology Office, or BTO, will serve as a clear­ing­house for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, pro­grams into brain research, syn­thetic biology and epi­demi­ology. The office will cover every­thing from brewing up tomorrow’s bioweapon detec­tors and con­necting humans to com­puters to designing entirely new types of super-​​strong living mate­rials that could form the basis of future devices. Here are the key areas in more detail.

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