Insects are at the leading edge of gene drive research, given their rapid reproduction and lots of offspring. Scientists are evaluating the possibility of using the technology to solve numerous challenges caused by them, including stopping invasive insects from destroying native ecosystems and making mosquitoes immune to the malaria parasite.
A recent article from The Conversation explores a few potential gene drive applications, simultaneously recognizing that the technology still raises some concerns. Uncertainty regarding its impacts in nature, ethical issues, and the lack of clarity on who should develop the technology and for what purposes are some of the red flags often raised. The article responds to each of them, emphasizing the importance of research and case-by-case risk assessment to guarantee informed decision-making and protect society from potential negative impacts.
Read the full piece here.