Gene Drives Could Aid New Zealand’s War on Rats

Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 16 Nov 2017. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/new-zealand-predator-free-2050-rats-gene-drive-ruh-roh/546011/

Invasive predators have long been devastating to New Zealand’s native birds, notably the flightless giant kakapo parrot and kiwi .  Through Predator-Free 2050, New Zealand is aiming to eliminate invasive rats, possums, and stoats.  One possible mechanisms may be a CRISPR gene drive that allows rapid proliferation of detrimental genes through a population without harming other animals like traditional pesticide methods.

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