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Risk, Regulation, and Policy

This is a collection of scholarly works, government and non-government documents and reports related to policy, risk assessment, and regulation of gene drive/genetic biocontrol technologies.

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A bumpy road ahead for genetic biocontainment

George, D.R., Danciu, M., Davenport, P.W. et al,  Nature Communications,  2024.
The environmental release of bioengineered organisms is increasingly being suggested for a variety of applications, including bioremediation, biosequestration, bio-mining, environmental biosensing and conservation. The objectives of many environmental release applications shift ...

Consultation on a draft National Gene Drive Policy Guide

Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Health and Aged Care),  National Gene Technology Scheme,  2024.
The term gene drive is used to describe organisms which have been genetically modified to increase the rate for a particular trait to spread through a sexually reproducing population, spreading the genes or traits through a species at a faster rate than normal inheritance. ...

Rescue by gene swamping as a gene drive deployment strategy

Keith D. Harris, Gili Greenbaum,  Cell Reports,  42. 2023.
Gene drives are genetic constructs that can spread deleterious alleles with potential application to population suppression of harmful species. As gene drives can potentially spill over to other populations or species, control measures and fail-safe strategies must be considered. ...

What are gene drives, and how can they help eradicate invasive species in Australia?

Dr. Ellen Cottingham,  ABC News (Australia Broadcasting Corporation),  2023.
The impact of feral cats and other invasive species is felt across Australia. Not only do they threaten native species, but they can also spread diseases to humans and livestock. Invasive species are estimated to cost Australia an eye-watering $25 billion annually, while the ...

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