Recently, a gene drive research, boosted by an advanced technology dubbed CRISPR-Cas9, has brought significant insights across science.
Gene drive organisms, also known as GDOs, are produced with unique features that are also genetically developed to spread through a population. They have an essential role.
GDOs can highly transform the way society comes up with solutions to a lot of environmental and health challenges.
But, what are these GDOs and why should they matter?
Here is what you need to know.
Gene Drive Research in Development: Insights
A team of gene drive organism developers, experts in social science, ethics, and policy, and ecologists, leads quite the research about the GDOs. They aim to check that the new tech if it is introduced, serve the public interest. Also, one of the defining factors behind their mission was to consolidate diverse GDO viewpoints into a cohesive voice.
“Our intent is to contribute to public policy decisions on whether and how to proceed with GDOs,” explained the team.
The team’s next step is to move their work from the lab to a confined field trial. More information and results are soon expected.
Gene Drives Explained
It’s somehow surprising, but the high increase of gene drive tech recently has risen without a set of definitions. However, according to the developers, there are some explanations. The gene drive can be utilized to describe an object (the production of a GDO engineering tool)—also, a process of spreading in a population.
There are various types of gene drives so we can get how challenging it is for non-experts to understand most of the GDO “business.” But, as the team pointed out, more steps need to be done.
GDOs can become the hottest topic next year when we’ll get to know more about them, and we’ll be finally ready to understand the development.