A new year marks a new beginning. With the start of 2022, we look back on the accomplishments of the year gone by and look forward to the promise of the new one. For the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research, 2021 kicked off in earnest with the addition of a new member, the Akbari Lab. Two further members - Advanced Conservation Strategies and Conservation X Labs – closely followed, making this a year of growth for the Network.

According to a newly released joint report published by CSIRO and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, Australia may suffer a wave of plant and animal extinctions by 2050 unless immediate action is taken to address the challenges posed by invasive alien species.

As part of a webinar series on “Decision and Analysis Tools for Complex Problems” organized by GeneConvene, Dr Laura Schmitt-Olabisi, Associate Professor at Michigan State University will be discussing how participatory modeling can be applied to respond to problems in Africa on December 16, 2021.

By Ana Kormos, Program Manager, University of California Irvine Malaria Initiative (UCIMI)

The World Health Organization has just released its annual World Malaria Report, emphasizing the need for continued action to meet global malaria targets. While there were severe disruptions to service because of the pandemic, the situation could have been far worse. Early WHO projections were likely averted because many countries took proactive measures to reinforce their malaria control programs.

More investment and support for research into emerging tools for conservation is needed to prevent further biodiversity loss, according to a new paper published in Conservation Genetics. The study explores how new genomic technologies, including gene drive, could be used to address existing conservation challenges and prevent the extinction of endangered species.