GENE DRIVE ORGANISMS: Implications for the environment and nature conservation
M. Dolezel, S. Simon, M. Otto, M. Engelhard and W. Zughart,
Recent advances in biotechnology aim at the genetic modification of wild living populations. Some potential applications consider self-propagating genetic elements to generate gene drive organisms (GDOs), also for nature conservation. Due to the potential of GDOs to spread spatially and temporally unlimited, impacts on the environment and ecosystems may be irreversible and are difficult to predict.
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