Remarks: GENE DRIVE ECOLOGICAL WARFARE WEAPONS: This remains a new, speculative technology that even its advocates acknowledge is not ready to be deployed in the natural environment. One potential application would be to genetically modify mosquitoes in one of the few species that spread malaria and then release the engineered mosquitoes in the wild. One modification, for example, could make it more likely that mosquito offspring will be infertile. Remember the Slippery Slope mosquitoes today Humans Tomorrow? FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2020/09/25/2018-dec-01-gene-drive-research-to-fight-diseases-can-proceed-cautiously-u-n-group-decides/
WASHINGTON POST HEADLINES: Gene drive’ research to fight diseases can proceed cautiously, U.N. group decides
By Joel Achenbach
Scientists hoping to fight diseases with genetically engineered organisms that spread their genes in the wild will be able to proceed cautiously under an agreement reached this week. That was the compromise outcome of a protracted debate, conducted in Egypt at a major U.N. conference on biodiversity, over a technology known as “gene drives.”
A gene drive is a form of genetic engineering that seeks to push modified genes through a population. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded a program called Target Malaria that envisions using a gene drive to combat the mosquitoes that carry malaria, a disease that kills nearly half a million people a year.
One potential application would be to genetically modify mosquitoes in one of the few species that spread malaria and then release the engineered mosquitoes in the wild. One modification, for example, could make it more likely that mosquito offspring will be infertile.
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