Webinar: Containment Guidelines for Gene Drive Research

December 15, 2015

This webinar explored whether and how containment guidelines should be developed for research on gene drive systems. The webinar was an information-gathering meeting for the committee in which the speakers were invited to provide input to the committee.


Mark Benedict, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Mark Benedict is a Research Biologist with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.  His interests focus on the use of conventional and transgenic technologies to control of mosquito borne diseases, including the development of transgenic and other technologies, and biosafety and regulatory guidelines for research.

Steve Strauss, Oregon State University

Dr. Steve Strauss is Professor of Forest Biotechnology at Oregon State University.  His research explores genetic engineering and genomic approaches to understanding and improving trees for plantation forestry and horticulture. He also conducts interdisciplinary analysis to understand, and propose, improvements to regulations of genetically engineered crops and trees. Dr. Strauss runs an active genetic transformation (gene insertion) lab that has produced thousands of transgenic trees, and has tested many of these in the field.