Biologists create new genetic systems to neutralize gene drives

In the past decade, researchers have engineered an array of new tools that control the balance of genetic inheritance. Based on CRISPR technology, such gene drives are poised to move from the laboratory into the wild where ...

Survival of the fit-ish

It can be hard to dispute the common adage 'survival of the fittest.' After all, "most of the genes in the genome are there because they're doing something good," says Sarah Zanders, Ph.D., assistant investigator at the Stowers ...

How synthetic biology can help the environment

Most environmental science is focused on how to turn back the clock, not push it forward, says Ben Bostick, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "We think about how we can roll back our footprint, and not so ...

Keeping genetic engineering localized

Genetic engineering tools that spread genes within a target species have the potential to humanely control harmful pests as well as eradicate parasitic diseases such as malaria.

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