Combating Malaria by Modifying Mosquitoes Could Save Thousands of Lives. It’s Also Risky.

February 6, 2019

(Washington Post) – The stakes of deploying or not deploying such research are high: From the moment we develop such technologies, “every day we wait kills between 1,200 and 2,000 people,” notes Vox’s Dylan Matthews. Can we in good conscience hold off from using these technologies as soon as possible? Yes, we can. In spite of the stakes — in some ways because of the stakes — it is important that we get this right before we try it. We have a moral imperative to fight malaria, but we also need a better understanding of the environmental, medical and political risks before we rush in.

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