The US military is still sending babies to Afghanistan to be used in medical research, the Pentagon announced Monday.
The baby sludge is now being used in the research of the deadly, disease-carrying Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the Defense Department said in a statement.
In January, the US and Afghanistan signed an agreement to work together to develop treatments for the deadly disease.
At least 4,000 US troops have been killed by Mycobs over the past two decades, including at least 2,873 in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon tally.
For more than 30 years, the military has been using baby slugs, or Mycobyts, as a way to develop new vaccines and treatments.
“The baby slug is one of the most effective vaccines in the world, and its use in the field is the most promising option for advancing research and advancing the disease-fighting vaccines currently being developed,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in the statement.