Gene drives: benefits, risks, and possible applications – A new fact sheet

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Gene drives are genetic elements that skew the pattern of inheritance of a given characteristic in sexually reproducing organisms. They can be used to spread a trait that can alter or even reduce the numbers of individuals in wild populations of a certain species.

This new fact sheet of the Swiss Academies (A+) offers latest knowledge on synthetic gene drives. It was elaborated under the umbrella of the Forum Genetic Research and 25 scientists contributed their expertise.

The fact sheet is available in German, French and English.