drove genes for resistance to the malaria parasite

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Whose resistance? Mosquito's? Human's?

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In 2015 several papers reported the successful spread of CRISPR-based gene drives in yeast, fruit flies and mosquitoes. One demonstration drove genes for resistance to the malaria parasite through a mosquito population, which, in theory, should limit the parasite’s transmission. Another study interfered with female fertility in a different mosquito species.

-Scientific American

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  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    The context makes it clear that it is the Mosquito that, following genome modification, is resistant to the parasite.
    Yet investigators are deeply aware that altering or even eliminating a species could have profound consequences. In response, they are developing rules to govern the transfer of gene drives from the laboratory into future field tests and wider use.
    This is in contrast to
    Another study interfered with female fertility in a different mosquito species.
    The result of which is the eradication of mosquitoes.
     

    Myridon

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    English - US
    They have done genetic modifications on yeast, fruit flies, and mosquitoes. They have not done genetic modifications to humans.
     
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