Gene Drive

Why DARPA Is Investing Big In Gene Drives

Why DARPA Is Investing Big In Gene Drives

A powerful and controversial new genetic engineering technology called a gene drive offers the potential to drastically reshape our world by overriding natural selection. And the US military’s research arm is among one of the technology’s biggest research funders.

Genetically Engineering Nature Will Be Way More Complicated Than We Thought

Genetically Engineering Nature Will Be Way More Complicated Than We Thought

For more than half a century, scientists have dreamed of harnessing an odd quirk of nature — “selfish genes”, which bypass the normal 50/50 laws of inheritance and force their way into offspring — to engineer entire species. A few years ago, the advent of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology…