Video recording of report release event (June 8, 2016)
The advent of new gene editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 has enabled scientists to take advantage of naturally occurring selfish genetic elements to drive new traits into an organism. These gene drives have the potential to alter wild populations of organisms for beneficial purposes, such as disabling mosquitoes from transmitting malaria and other infectious diseases. This report provides an independent, objective assessment of the state of knowledge and responsible practices for research, risk assessment, public engagement, and the development of public policies on gene drive technologies. Co-chairs James Collins of Arizona State University and Elizabeth Heitman of Vanderbilt University Medical Center explained the report’s findings followed by a Q&A session. They were joined in the Q&A by committee members Lisa Taneyhill of the University of Maryland and Jason Delborne of North Carolina State University.