Mosquito-friendly gene drive may lead to a malaria-free future

Anonymous,  LIFE TECHNOLOGY,  2023.

A gene drive is a genetic mechanism that allows a particular gene to spread rapidly through a population. In the case of malaria, scientists are working on developing a gene drive that would make mosquitoes resistant to the parasite that causes the disease. This would reduce the number of mosquitoes that can transmit the disease to humans. However, there are concerns about the use of gene drives. One potential issue is that the gene drive could spread beyond the intended population of mosquitoes and affect other species. Another concern is that the gene drive could have unintended consequences, such as creating new diseases or disrupting ecosystems. To address these concerns, scientists are developing a new type of gene drive that is “mosquito-friendly.” This means that the gene drive would only affect mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite, rather than all mosquitoes. This would reduce the risk of unintended consequences and help to ensure that the gene drive is effective in reducing the spread of malaria.

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