A broad process of communication and consultation should be initiated before gene drives are applied to control pests and diseases in Australia.
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.
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.