The idea of gene drives, which could be broadly described as selective breeding in a lab, first emerged in the 1960’s. The publication last July of two studies, “Concerning RNA-Guided Gene Drives for the Alteration of Wild Populations” and “Regulating gene drives” by a team of Harvard scientists renewed this field by outlining a technically feasible general method for spreading altered traits through wild populations of sexually reproducing species over many generations. This new technique, inspired ...
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