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Medical News & Perspectives
August 2, 2016

National Academies Hit the Brakes on Gene Drive–Modified Organisms

JAMA. 2016;316(5):482-483. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.8830

Despite their potential for fighting Zika, malaria, and other public health scourges, organisms that have been engineered to quickly spread genetic modifications through a population—and possibly an entire species—are not ready for release into the wild, a committee of interdisciplinary experts concluded in a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (http://bit.ly/1UHuqQk). So-called gene drive–modified organisms “require more research in laboratories and highly controlled field trials,” the committee said in a statement (http://bit.ly/1tkWCTO).