‘Gene drives’ could wipe out whole populations of pests in one fell swoop

What if there was a humane, targeted way to wipe out alien pest species such as mice, rats and rabbits, by turning their own genes on themselves so they can no longer reproduce and their population collapses?Gene drives – a technique that involves deliberately spreading a faulty gene throughout a population – promises to do exactly that.Conservationists are understandably excited about the possibility of using gene drives to clear islands of invasive species and allow native species to flourish.

Source: ‘Gene drives’ could wipe out whole populations of pests in one fell swoop

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