National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine endorse further study into CRISPR/Cas9 gene drives

Amy Harmon, 8 June 2016, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/09/science/national-academies-sciences-gene-drive-technology.html?_r=0

A panel of ethicists, biologists, and other professionals representing the National Academy of Sciences has released a report endorsing further research into gene drives.  Gene drives harness CRISPR technology to ensure that all offspring inherit a given trait, bypassing traditional Mendelian genetics.  This technology could be used to eradicate the mosquitoes responsible for diseases such as Zika and malaria as well as invasive plant and animal species.  However, the report urged caution on actually implementing a gene drive due to ethical considerations and the potential for unseen consequences.

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