GEN News Highlights, 30 October 2017, https://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/crispr-drives-out-fungal-resistance/81255106
Gene drives have been described as a way to eliminate pests, notably the mosquito, from the environment. However, they are a powerful research tool as well. Candida albicans can be notoriously difficult to study due to its diploid nature. By combining a newly discovered haploid C. albicans and CRISPR/Cas gene drive technology, researchers have been able to rapidly create diploid knockouts for study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29062088). The creation of these mutants could serve to increase the pace of drug discovery to combat this and other fungal pathogens.