Science moves closer to killing malaria with mutant mosquitos

February 13, 2019
Hertz Staff

Malaria could soon be on the ropes thanks to gene drive technology, which can spread an engineered gene rapidly through a wild population. But using such a powerful technology could have unintended consequences, says Hertz Fellow Kevin Esvelt, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be used at all.

Esvelt has pioneered ways of making sure the tech is deployed responsibly and transparently, and "malaria provides an imperative for a gene drive 'that just doesn't exist for almost any other class of problem'"

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