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Genetically Engineering The Natural World, It Turns Out, Could Be A Disaster 

Genetically Engineering The Natural World, It Turns Out, Could Be A Disaster 

For the native species of New Zealand, European settlement was particularly cruel. The country has no endemic land predators, so many of its birds evolved without the typical avian aptitude for flight. Then came Western settlers, and along with them rats, mice, possums, stoats, cats and the occasional misbehaving dog….

New Zealand Could Use Gene Editing To Kill Off Its Cutest Predator

New Zealand Could Use Gene Editing To Kill Off Its Cutest Predator

The stoat — a small, adorable, weasel-like mammal — is the one of the largest ecological threats in New Zealand. It’s a fierce invader with few predators that dines freely on the country’s endangered birds. The stoat did not come to New Zealand via any unfortunate accident. It was brought…

How Scientists Are Trying To Keep Genetic Engineering From Ruining The World

How Scientists Are Trying To Keep Genetic Engineering From Ruining The World

This week, researchers at UCSF announced they’d uncovered a key to making their genetically-engineered creations a lot less likely to accidentally destroy the world: A way to turn-off modifications made with the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR. Think of it like a kill-switch for genetic engineering.