Ban on ‘gene drives’ is back on the UN’s agenda – worrying scientists

Callaway, E,  Nature,  563:454-455. 2018.

Government representatives from nearly 170 countries will this month consider whether to temporarily ban the release of organisms carrying gene drives — a controversial technology that can quickly propagate a chosen gene throughout a population. The technique has the potential to eradicate disease, control pests and alter entire ecosystems, but with unpredictable consequences — leading some groups to call for a global moratorium on its field applications.