Avoiding CRISPR-Mediated Gene-Drive-Evolved Resistance in Mosquitoes

June 30, 2017

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – The discovery and development of improved gene-editing techniques in recent years have led to the revamping of a technique that promotes the inheritance of a particular gene or set of genes to increase the prevalence within a population. This so-called gene-drive technology has the potential to eliminate disease within a population of disease-carrying organisms, such as mosquitoes, but has been met with varying degrees of circumspection, as the technique also can potentially wipe out entire species. Now, researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale.

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