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Gene Drives: Interdisciplinary symposium with a focus on their scientific, ethical, socio-economic and regulatory aspects
24 May 2019 • Bern, Switzerland
The idea of circumventing the rules of inheritance in order to quickly spread and maintain desired traits through an entire population or species, has long existed. With new genetic engineering techniques for genome editing, such as CRISPR-Cas9, it may soon be possible to turn this idea into reality. It has been claimed that gene drive technology may be used to combat infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue or zika, as well as to reduce the threat posed by agricultural pests and ecologically harmful invasive species. However, a crucial difference with conventional gene technology is that gene drives intentionally target wild populations in order to permanently alter them.
Phone: [+41 31 331 72 32];     Email:
Gene Drive, CRISPR/Cas9, ethics, malaria, Kevin Esvelt, Ignacio Chapela, genetics,
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Last updated: 22 January 2019