Farmers want to use gene drive, with the aim to eradicate the spotted-wing drosophila fruit fly. This is a scary prospect because, as I’ve posted before, the gene drive targets species-wide changes but because of its virulent nature could have unintended consequences.
a deep learning technology to reconstruct the true genome sequence from HTS sequencer data with significantly greater accuracy than previous classical methods
Scientists have modified CRISPR/Cas9 to treat diabetes, kidney disease, and muscular dystrophy in mice without cutting DNA. Cutting DNA potentially introduces genetic mutations. This new development that overcomes a major hurdle to applying this treatment to humans.
Fresh from science fiction land, today’s scientists give you thegene drive, a gene editing technology. And boy is it scary:
Because gene drives rapidly spread genetic modifications through animal populations, they have the potential to alter entire species and wipe out diseases such as malaria. Unlike conventional genetically modified crops or animals, organisms carrying gene drives are designed to move across international borders.