CRISPR Gene Drives Tested in Mammals for First Time

CRISPR Gene Drives Tested in Mammals for First Time
Sayaka Wakayama/University of Yamanashi via AP

A controversial technology capable of altering the genomes of entire species has been applied to mammals for the first time. In a preprint posted1 to bioRxiv on 4 July, researchers describe developing ‘gene drives' — which could be used to eradicate problematic animal populations — in lab mice using the CRISPR gene-editing technique.

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