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Thursday, Jul 17, 2014

3 Questions: Kenneth Oye on the regulation of genetic engineering

Political scientist discusses regulatory gaps in assessing the impact of “gene drives.”

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office 

Imagine a scientific technique that would alter the genes of mosquitos to render them unable to transmit malaria. Some day, you may not need to: Scientists have made notable progress in recent years in editing the genomes of organisms, substituting in variants of certain genes; these variants could then propagate throughout a population. While such changes could have benefits — such as limiting malaria transmission — it’s also possible to imagine unintended negative consequences. Kenneth Oye, an associate professor of political science and... Read original story on MIT News