How does gene drive relate to genetic biocontrol?

Category: Gene Drive Description

Gene drive systems are a type of genetic biocontrol in which genetic variants or genetically modified forms of a target species serve as controlling agents in a way that reduces or eliminates the threat posed by the target species. In the case of gene drive technologies, the genetic variation or genetically modified form of the target species is fertile and able to efficiently pass the genetic variation responsible for the biocontrol effect to subsequent generations, so that eventually all or most of the individuals in a population will carry the variation. Like other forms of genetic biocontrol, uses of gene drive can be envisioned for public health, agriculture, and conservation.

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