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Gene drive and biodiversity loss: what is missing and what can be done?

A new study from the Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents (GBIRd) program partners identified knowledge gaps and opportunities for further research in the field of gene drive for conservation purposes, in particular to control invasive alien species in islands. The publication, led by researchers from North Carolina State University, focuses on what is currently known about natural and developing synthetic gene drive systems in mice, taking the house mouse (Mus musculus) as its primary species. The paper also explores findings in a variety of disciplines that could contribute to reducing knowledge gaps, emphasising the need for a multidisciplinary approach to assess the benefits and risks of gene drive effectively and responsibly.

The publication called “Rodent gene drives for conservation: opportunities and data needs” is available for download at The Royal Society Publishing. More information can also be found at Island Conservation’s website.

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