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Deadly antibiotic resistance could be countered by gene drives

Where a gene drive that cuts and destroys plasmids may fail, a gene drive that cuts, pastes, and copies plasmids ...
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Max Planck Society backs CRISPR crops, rejects human germline editing

As an organization of basic research, the Max Planck Society bears a special responsibility for the use of new scientific ...
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Viewpoint: Public supports CRISPR, gene drives to battle infectious disease, plant pests—despite activist opposition

Consumers are less wary of biotechnology when they know how it's being deployed ...
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Following approval of GMO crops, Nigeria sets sights on other biotech advances, including gene editing and synthetic biology

Africa's most populous nation has achieved significant strides in biotechnology ...
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Podcast: Francis Galton: Brilliant scientist—and eugenics pioneer. How do we address his racist legacy?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores how Francis Galton's eugenic ideas led directly to some of the 20th century's worst atrocities ...
New Superweeds now resist Monsantos Roundup

Could gene drive technology eradicate glyphosate-resistant weeds?

Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two aggressive weeds that threaten the food supply in North America, are increasingly hard to kill ...
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Gene drive alternative uses CRISPR to control insect populations by creating sterile males

Scientists at the University of California (UC) San Diego and UC Berkeley have developed a new approach to controlling disease-carrying ...
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UN rejects gene drive moratorium, but agrees to some limits

Nations rejected a proposal to temporarily ban the release of organisms carrying gene drives — a genetic-engineering technology designed to ...
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China halts human gene editing in wake of controversial trial resulting in birth of twins

The Chinese government on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human ...
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African nations push back against proposed UN ban on gene drives

Africa has kicked against a proposed moratorium on the environmental release of organisms containing gene drives now under debate at ...
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Viewpoint: UN should reject a proposed ban on gene drives

A draft resolution would revise the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity to call on governments to "refrain from" releasing organisms containing engineered ...
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Let’s say we can force the mosquito into extinction — should we do it?

Not many people like mosquitoes. So why not eliminate them? Newer techniques like CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing may make this possible ...
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Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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Can we eradicate malaria with promising new gene drive technique?

Malaria is among the world’s worst scourges. In 2016 the disease, which is caused by a parasite and transmitted by ...
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Scientists could use CRISPR gene editing to combat ‘superweeds’ when herbicides fail

There is a pressing need for novel control techniques in agricultural weed management. Direct genetic control of agricultural pests encompasses ...
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Gene drives could speed up inheritance of certain beneficial traits in mammals, study finds

Researchers have used CRISPR, the genome editing tool, to speed the inheritance of specific genes in mammals for the first ...
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Gene Drive Files ‘cabal’—and biotech rejectionist efforts to derail research on technology with potential to fight crop pests

The email came from Roylan Saah, coordinator of Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents at Island Conservation, a non-profit dedicated to ...
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Talking Biotech: How do we decide whether to use gene drives?

Science and technology scholar Jennifer Kuzma: The social and political considerations of using gene drives to combat human diseases, weeds, ...
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Talking Biotech: The powerful potential—and risks—of CRISPR engineered ‘gene drives’

Evolutionary biologist Fred Gould: 'Gene drives' can be found in nature. Now, scientists want to engineer them to decrease populations ...
nigeria

Viewpoint: Will the crop biotechnology revolution pass Nigeria by?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating a new era, fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds. Breakthroughs in different fields ...
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Waging war against the mosquito: Split-gene drive could hinder spread of Zika

The use of split-gene drives could alleviate the concerns of critics who worry about unexpected effects of releasing gene-edited mosquitos ...
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Viewpoint: Why using gene drives to eradicate pests might not be such a good idea

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
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Avoiding the unexpected: Zika, malaria-fighting gene drive in mosquitoes has built-in safety net

Concerns about CRISPR gene drives and other CRISPR applications have to do with the possibility that something could go wrong ...
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Gene driving to combat insect-borne diseases: Powerful tool requiring science diplomacy

Gene drives raise ethical and practical concerns. What are the communication challenges? ...