What might be the potential benefits associated with using gene drive technologies as public health tools?

Category: Vector Borne Disease

Gene drive technologies could potentially enhance and enable reduced incidence of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria in Africa and dengue fever in many parts of the world, resulting in healthier human populations. Gene drive technologies are being developed to complement other disease control tools, and may actually help the other tools to be more effective. In addition to direct public health benefits that might be gained through the use of gene drive technologies, those adopting the technologies could benefit from the technologies’ expected ease of delivery and low cost, which would contribute to sustainability of their protective effects.

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