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New genetic system is capable of neutralizing gene drives

Scientists from the University of California – San Diego have developed two new active genetic systems capable of halting and eliminating gene drives in the wild. The first neutralizing system, called e-CHACR, inactivates the gene drive, while the other, ERACR, is capable of eliminating it completely.

According to researchers, gene drives have enormous potential to address global health and environmental challenges. Gene drives could become an efficient gene drive control mechanism if necessary, addressing part of the unknowns associated with the potential use of this technology.

Read the full study at Molecular Cell.

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