Gene drives aim to deliberately spread bad genes when invasive species such as mice reproduce.
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Releasing just 100 mice carrying a faulty gene designed to stop them reproducing can remove an entire population of 50,000, a new study shows, paving the way for new eradication efforts.
Gene drives could prove useful for controlling mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria, dengue and zika virus.
A broad process of communication and consultation should be initiated before gene drives are applied to control pests and diseases in Australia.
Taking the deadly bit out of mosquitoes.
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It's possible to alter the make-up of a species such as a mosquito's ability to pass on the deadly malaria parasite. But we need to consider the pros and cons of such gene editing technology.
Sorting pupae of genetically modified mosquitoes before release to the wild.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
New genetic technology could change the DNA of entire species to prevent them from spreading diseases.