Tweaking Genes to Save Species

Should humans intentionally try to kill of a species? What if this tactic resulted in the complete extinction of these mosquitos? What if this extinction resulted in saving human lives?

“BIOTECHNOLOGISTS have engineered the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus to pass a lethal gene to its offspring. Another team of researchers has devised a way to spread sterility through the mosquito population, using a technique called gene drive to wipe out the offending insects.

“If regulators approve this genetic tinkering, these insects could become a powerful weapon against the spread of mosquito-borne diseases to humans. But bugs like these, and the techniques used to create them, might have another role to play: helping to protect the earth’s biodiversity.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/opinion/sunday/tweaking-genes-to-save-species.html?rref=opinion&_r=0

Another article on the same topic.

https://www.statnews.com/2016/02/03/zika-gene-drive-gene-editing/

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